Who Was Annie Oakley? (Who Was?)

by Stephanie Spinner (Author) Larry Day (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?
You want girl power? Meet Annie Oakley! Born in 1860, she became one of the best-loved and most famous women of her generation. She amazed audiences all over the world with her sharpshooting, horse-riding, action-packed performances. In an age when most women stayed home, she traveled the world and forged a new image for American women.
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Gr 3-5 Annie Oakley was born Phoebe Ann Moses in 1860 in Ohio. Her life story is told here-from her fatherless childhood through her marriage to Frank Butler and glory days traveling with Buffalo Bill's show to her death, 18 days before her husband's, in 1926. "Little Sure Shot," as she was nicknamed by Sitting Bull, truly had a one-of-a-kind life. She raised herself up from a poor, abused baby-sitter to a sharpshooting show woman who enchanted Queen Victoria out of her post-Albert funk, no less. However, while her biography is presented in full here, the prose is rather dry and uninviting. The black-and-white cartoons that pad the book are no better. Although two time lines are appended, there is no index. Sue Macy's Bull's-Eye (National Geographic, 2001) is a wonderful photobiography of Oakley that will be far more helpful for reports and is more enjoyable reading.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2002 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Stephanie Spinner
Stephanie Spinner is a full-time writer of children's books.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
February 20, 2002
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF007020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Historical
JNF007060 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Performing Arts
JNF023000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Girls & Women
Library of Congress categories
United States
Frontier and pioneer life
Women entertainers
West (U.S.)
Oakley, Annie
Shooters of firearms
Wild west shows

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