Hannah G. Solomon Dared to Make a Difference
When Hannah G. Solomon looked around Chicago, the city where she was born, she saw unfairness all around her. Many people were poor and living in terrible conditions. Immigrants from other countries struggled to survive in their new home. Hannah decided to help change that. When she grew up, she founded the National Council of Jewish Women—the first organization to unite Jewish women around the country—and fought to make life better for others, especially women and children, in Chicago and beyond.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 4|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Genre||Picture Books, Social Studies|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®|
|Number of Pages||32|
Sydney Taylor Shmooze
This engaging, informative biography casts a well-deserved spotlight on a Jewish woman who achieved much, but is not well-known today. It should be read widely.
Hannah G. Solomon Dared to Make a Difference (by Bonnie Lindauer with illustrations by Sofia Moore) follows the founder of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). Hannah Solomon, born in Chicago in 1858, lived through a number of historical events that are woven into the book: the Civil War, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 (which was key to NCJW’s establishment) and the passage of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote.
“Bonnie Lindauer tells Hannah’s story in an engaging way. Her descriptions, along with Sofia Moore’s beautiful, muted-color illustrations bring the era alive. The illustrations are integral to the story and are particularly effective in scenes of diverse women banding together in common cause in their efforts to improve the lot of all.” — Michal Hoschander Malen, retired librarian; current library volunteer in Efrat, Israel; editor of children’s and young adult book reviews for the Jewish Book Council, AJL Newsletter
Horn Book Herald
‘Like her friends Jane Addams and Susan B. Anthony, Solomon didn’t let the rigid social mores for women in the early 1900s keep her from advocating for immigrants, the poor, and women. This accessible picture-book biography introduces a lesser-known social reformer who founded the National Council of Jewish Women, which ‘worked to help people around the country.’ Moore’s stylish illustrations evoke the era and reflect Solomon’s energy and purpose. End notes offer more about ’Chicago’s most important Jewish leader of her generation’ and Addams’s Hull House. A timeline is appended." — Kitty Flynn, Horn Book
“An interesting, informative account of a little-known woman of great achievement.” — Kirkus Reviews
Author: Bonnie Lindauer
A former high school teacher and college librarian, Bonnie Lindauer loves reading children’s books as much as she loves her favorite vanilla ice cream. She plays piano and cello, and loves to sing. She lives near San Francisco with her husband and senior rescue dog, Archie. This is her first children's book.
Illustrator: Sofia Moore
Sofia Moore is a Ukrainian-American artist and illustrator based in Las Vegas, Nevada. She grew up reading folktales in her grandmother's house and drawing princesses on the back of textbooks. She loves painting traditionally, but also layers textures both on paper and digitally.
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