Elizabeth Started All the Trouble

by Doreen Rappaport (Author) Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

She couldn't go to college. She couldn't become a politician. She couldn't even vote. But Elizabeth Cady Stanton didn't let that stop her. She called on women across the nation to stand together and demand to be treated as equal to men-and that included the right to vote. It took nearly seventy-five years and generations of women fighting for their rights through words, through action, and through pure determination . . . for things to slowly begin to change. With the help of these trailblazers' own words, Doreen Rappaport's engaging text, brought to life by Matt Faulkner's vibrant illustrations, shows readers just how far this revolution has come, and inspires them to keep it going!

School Library Journal

Gr 1-4—This informational picture book offers up a brief account of how the women's suffrage movement in the United States began and developed momentum over the years. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was involved both in abolitionism and the women's rights movement, becoming an outspoken advocate in the two realms and leading the way for many other women to take up the banner of equality. Rappaport takes readers through the evolution of suffrage, from the first women's rights convention at Seneca Falls, NY, where Stanton shared the Declaration of Sentiments, to the many women who took a stand or dared to think outside the box. Organized chronologically, the book presents brief details about many of the events, protests, trials, and jail sentences, as well as how women eventually gained the right to vote, functioning almost as a time line. The accompanying artwork provides a look at individuals and adds context to the narrative. VERDICT A solid introduction to Stanton and the women's rights movement.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes


* "Theodore Roosevelt's big ideas and big personality come together in this splendid picture-book biography."—Booklist, starred review
Doreen Rappaport
Doreen Rappaport has written numerous award-winning books for children, including Freedom Ship and The School Is Not White (both illustrated by Curtis James); Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book illustrated by Bryan Collier; and John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon, also illustrated by Bryan Collier.

Bryan Collier's first book, Uptown, published in 2000, received a Coretta Scott King (CSK) Illustrator Award, as well as an Ezra Jack Keats Award. The same year, Freedom River, which he illustrated, received a CSK Illustrator Honor Award. He is the illustrator of Martin's Big Words, for which he received his first Caldecott Honor Award and a CSK Honor Award. He received his second Caldecott Honor Award in 2006, as well as another CSK Award for Rosa, written by Nikki Giovanni. He is also a New York Times bestseller with Barack Obama, written by Nikki Grimes, which reached the #1 spot in picture books during its 20 weeks on the list and received a 2009 NAACP Image Award for Best Children's Book, and has illustrated many other acclaimed, award-winning titles.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
February 20, 2016

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