Jane’s heart ached for the world, but what could she do to stop a war?
This energetic and inspiring picture book biography of activist Jane Addams focuses on the peace work that won her the Nobel Peace Prize. From the time she was a child, Jane’s heart ached for others. At first the focus of her efforts was on poverty, and lead to the creation of Hull House, the settlement house she built in Chicago. For twenty-five years, she’d helped people from different countries live in peace at Hull House. But when war broke out, Jane decided to take on the world and become a dangerous woman for the sake of peace.
Suzanne Slade’s powerful text written in free verse illuminates the life of this inspiring figure while Alice Ratterree’s stunning illustrations bring Jane Addam’s and her world to life.
Publication Date: 10/1/2017
Page Count: 40
Size: 9-1/2″ x 11″
Age Range: 6 – 10
F&P: S, Gr 4, Genre B
Themes: History, Jane Addams, Peace, Poverty, World War I
BISAC 1: JNF007110 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
BISAC 2: JNF007120 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
BISAC 3: JNF025210 JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 20th Century
“Slade tells the purposively inspiring story with a poetic flair, and Ratterree’s pale, evocatively washed-out watercolor illustrations are richly detailed… An attractive volume introducing an important American to young readers.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Slade continues her line of outstanding nonfiction picture books with her latest offering, about Jane Addams…. This short biography emphasizes the value of doing what is right despite criticism…. In Slade’s and Ratterree’s hands, Addams’s legacy shines brightly for the next generation of advocates…. A stirring addition to any school or public library’s biography section.” ―School Library Journal
“A straightforward introduction to the dedication and purpose of an American heroine.” ―Booklist
“An inspiring testament to the power of activism.… An afterword and timeline round out a solid introduction to a woman who ‘kept doing what she’d always done: helping people. No matter where they were from. No matter what others thought. No matter the cost.’” ―Publishers Weekly
“This is a quick read aloud, perfect for discussions regarding the importance of community service and advocating for the less fortunate…. The book’s mission to share Jane’s fascinating life might just inspire the next generation of social activists.” ―School Library Connection
Best Children’s Books of the Year (Starred) ―Bank Street College of Education, 2018
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People ―National Council for the Social Studies/Children’s Book Council, 2018
CCBC Choices (Biography and Autobiography) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2018
Illinois Reads (3-5) ―Illinois Reading Council, 2019
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2018
Alabama Camellia Award (Nominee, Grades 4-5 Non-fiction) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2018-2019
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Meet the Illustrator
Alice Ratterree’s work has been featured in greeting cards, children’s books, and original paintings and drawings. Also an accomplished classically trained singer, Alice has appeared as a soloist in opera, concert, and oratorial venues. She lives in South Carolina. You can visit her website here.