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The Brothers Grimm: Two Lives, One Legacy

The Brothers Grimm: Two Lives, One Legacy by Donald R. Hettinga

Published October 15th 2001 by Clarion Books

Plot Description: In this biography of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, we get to learn what the brothers were like growing up, how they were raised, and the education they received, before they became the famous Brothers Grimm.  Jacob was a natural scholar and enjoyed poetry, music, and language, while Wilhelm enjoyed teaching and storytelling and both were librarians and lovers of books.  They were involved in politics, and along with the social and historical influences of the time we are able to see how their lives and stories took shape.

Quantitative Reading Level: 5

Qualitative Reading Analysis: I would give this text a Slightly Complex analysis.  The vocabulary and language of the piece is very conversational and easy for young readers to grasp.  The information presented is done son linearly, in the progression of the brother’s lives from infancy to adults and is very easy to follow.

Content Area: History/Social Science, English-Language Arts/General

CC Content Area Standard: R 1-10, W 3-6, W 9-10

Curriculum Lesson Plans: Enchanting Readers with Revisionist Fairy Tales

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Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone

Published February 19th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Plot Description: Previous to the 1830s, women were not allowed to be doctors.  They were expected to be daughters, wives, maybe teachers or seamstresses, but never doctors.  That is, until one woman chose to challenge that idea.  Elizabeth Blackwell, originally of Bristol, England, at the bequest of her friend, decided that she would become a doctor.  Accepted into Geneva Medical School in upstate New York, Elizabeth graduated at the top of her class and later, along with her sister who also became a doctor, opened their own hospital for women, paving the way for all female doctors of the future.

Quantitative Reading Level: 4.1

Qualitative Reading Analysis: Slightly Complex.  The story is pretty straightforward and uses a linear progression to explain how Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female doctor. Used a few larger, more complex words, but these would be easy to decipher using context clues.

Content Area: History/Social Science, Health

CC Content Area Standard: HSS 2.1, HSS 2.5, H K-3.1.P

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  • Awards
    • BooklistTop 10 Books for Youth 2013
    • Biographies; NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12: 2014
    • Booklist2013 Top 10 Books for Youth, Science & Health
    • 2014 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book
    • 2014 Amelia Bloomer Project List, Early Readers Nonfiction