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Illustration in the book and overarching story/theme is great. However, feel it’s written in a very elongated way with giant paragraphs on each page. There’s also no rhyming or rhythm to the story, just a drawn-out description. Not a fan of this book.
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2020
This compellingly written and marvelously illustrated book belongs on the bookshelf of four- to eight-year-old children from all walks of life. On beautifully laid out pages, the well-chosen words run in harmony with inspiring drawings that together bring to life the amazing story of Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press. I should know. I wrote the only full-length adult biography of Payne. James McGrath Morris
Loved this inspiring story of Payne who turned her dreams of being a journalist into a reality even when the odds were against her. I try to tell my kids you can be anything you want to be. If you can envision it in your mind you can one day hold It in your hand. My daughter tells me now she wants to be a dentist, veterinarian and author. I tell her You can be anything and achieve all these goals! What a wonderful story to have on my bookshelf to help inspire my kids. Perseverance and purpose. I love a book that teaches a lesson even though it doesn’t set out to teach it. Thank you for writing this book.
Parra’s illustrations are beautiful and we loved looking at the pictures. The colors were vibrant and so pretty And they looked like they can be framed pieces of artwork.