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Works by Doreen Rappaport

Lady Liberty: A Biography (2008) 460 copies, 19 reviews
The Boston Coffee Party (I Can Read Book 3) (1988) 330 copies, 7 reviews
Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller (2012) 324 copies, 33 reviews
Eleanor, Quiet No More (2009) 222 copies, 30 reviews
The Secret Seder (2005) — Author — 196 copies, 7 reviews
John's Secret Dreams: The John Lennon Story (2004) 193 copies, 14 reviews
Elizabeth Started All the Trouble (2016) 109 copies, 4 reviews
Freedom Ship (2006) 70 copies, 11 reviews
We Are the Many: A Picture Book of American Indians (2002) — Author — 70 copies, 4 reviews
The Journey of Meng (1991) 54 copies, 2 reviews
American Women: Their Lives in Their Words (1990) 39 copies, 2 reviews
Trouble at the Mines (1987) 39 copies, 1 review
The New King (1995) — Author — 31 copies, 2 reviews
United No More!: Stories of the Civil War (2006) 26 copies, 1 review
The Long Haired Girl (1995) 23 copies, 2 reviews
The Sacco-Vanzetti trial (1992) 13 copies


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The story begins with King’s childhood experience of seeing “White Only” signs in his hometown, highlighting his journey as a civil rights leader. As a child, King listened to his minister father’s “big words” and promised to inspire others with such words when he grew up. The book’s final sentence, “His big words are alive for us today,” speaks to King’s success and legacy we respect to this day.

The illustrations allow the reader to "see" the big words come to life. Martin Luther King's life and impact is so important to our country's history, but this can be lost on younger kids. This book makes Martin's story accessible to all elementary students.… (more)
mltavares | 211 other reviews | Jul 16, 2024 |
Ellen Ochoa grew up loving to learn. In addition to playing flute, she went on to earn advanced degrees in science and have three patents to her name by age 30. When NASA began accepting women and minorities to its space program, Ellen applied. By the end of her career, she was the first Latina in space, made four flights into space, worked aboard the International Space Station and became the first Latino director of the Johnson Space Center.
Salsabrarian | 1 other review | Jun 15, 2024 |
A big, beautiful biography of astronaut Ellen Ochoa. Fairly comprehensive for a picture book biography, and with wonderful full-bleed illustrations of Ellen's childhood and career (including a fun one of her brushing her teeth upside down on the Discovery).

Back matter includes an author's note, illustrator's note, timeline of important events, selected bibliography, and source notes.
JennyArch | 1 other review | May 1, 2024 |
Independent reading level ages 9+ Grade 4-5
Randolph Caldecott Medal 2002
Notable Children's Books 2002
A 2002 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
Jane Addams Children's Book Awards for Picture Book
2002 Bryan Collier, Doreen Rappaport
mileiawatts | 211 other reviews | Apr 27, 2024 |



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