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No truth without Ruth : the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg / by Kathleen Krull ; illustrated by Nancy Zhang.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
An introduction to the second female Supreme Court justice describes how she faced discrimination because of her gender throughout her education and working life, and how her fight for equality changed the way the law dealt with women's rights.
Audience/Reading Level:
Ages 4-8.
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347.732634 GIN KRU Book Junior Collection

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From award-winning author Kathleen Krull comes an empowering picture book biography--with dazzling illustrations from artist Nancy Zhang--about the second female justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg may be one of the most respected women in the United States, but her recognition is nothing short of hard-won. For years before becoming a justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth had to fight the notion that being female meant that she was less smart, less qualified, and less worthy of attention than her male counterparts. Throughout college, law school, and her work life, she faced discrimination--because she was a woman.

But it was in her fight for equality as a lawyer that she made an imprint on American history, by changing the way the law dealt with women's rights and by showing people that unfairness to women wasn't just a female problem--that it negatively affected men and children, too.

In this inspiring picture book from award-winning author Kathleen Krull and artist Nancy Zhang, readers will learn about Ruthless Ruthie--a warrior for equality, defender of justice, and a trailblazer for girls everywhere.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this welcome addition to the growing body of Ruth Bader Ginsburg literature for children, Krull offers a detailed account of the Supreme Court justice's intellectual and professional development. Krull uses small, careful details and anecdotes to personalize Ginsburg's story, describing how she wore her late mother's circle pin and earrings for courage as she nervously argued a case before the Supreme Court, while underscoring the impact of her achievements ("In fighting for fairness, she was actually changing the way the country treated women"). Zhan captures Ginsburg's likeness in soft, creamy mixed-media spreads that portray her as a force to be reckoned with: most of the scenes emphasize her seriousness of purposes, though one playful spread shows her white-water rafting, horseback riding, and waterskiing. A timeline and top-10 list of key Supreme Court decisions and dissents conclude this straightforward, effective biography. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Susan Cohen, Writers House. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Krull depicts Ginsburg as a smart, strong, independent woman, whose mother's influence has always stayed with her. Ginsburg's accomplishments and famous dissents are highlighted; large, bold statements drive home Krull's themes. The illustrations' mix of traditional and digital techniques at times lend the characters an unfortunate, out-of-place plastic quality. Explanatory pieces on the Supreme Court and Ginsburg's most famous rulings are appended. Timeline. Bib. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.