Friday, February 29, 2008

Margaret Chase Smith picture book

Children's book author (author of the wonderful Wild Child and tons more) has a new children's book featuring Margaret Chase Smith - first woman Senator from Maine.

MARGARET CHASE SMITH: A WOMAN FOR PRESIDENT-Just in time for an election year is this picture book biography of Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to run for president on a major party ticket back in 1964. When Margaret Chase Smith was born in 1897, in the small town of Skowhegan, Maine, women couldn’t even vote. She rose above poverty and other obstacles to become one of the most important women in U.S. history. The book features illustrations by David McPhail and timelines charting key events in American history. (published by Charlesbridge, 32 pages, hardcover-$16.95, paperback-$7.95, for ages 8 & up)

This book is a great resource for 4th graders learning about Maine history, for kids and adults of all ages who are interested in Smith as a venerable Mainer or glass-ceiling breaking woman.

Other resources for women's history month can be found at the National Women's History Project.

The Margaret Chase Smith library has many resources specific to Smith.

A short newspaper story about Smith is archived here.

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