Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote

Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton stood up and fought for what she believed in. From an early age, she knew that women were not given rights equal to men. But rather than accept her lesser status, Elizabeth went to college and later gathered other like-minded women to challenge the right to vote.Here is the inspiring story of an extraordinary woman who changed America forever because she wouldn't take "no" for an answer.

Elizabeth Leads the Way is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

This title has Common Core connections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312602369
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 02/16/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 89,028
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

TANYA LEE STONE has written several books for young readers, including the young adult novel A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl. She lives in Vermont.

REBECCA GIBBON is the illustrator of several picture books, including Players in Pigtails. She studied illustration at the Royal College of Art, and lives in England.

Table of Contents

"Animated and energized." — Publishers Weekly

"This well-conceived introduction is just right for a young audience." — School Library Journal

"A fine introduction for very young readers to the woman and her key role in American History." — Kirkus

* "A must for library shelves." — Booklist, starred review

"Graceful tribute." — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Reading Group Guide

Discussion Questions

1. Has anyone ever told you that you couldn't do something? How did you react?

2. How was life better for boys when Elizabeth was young? Do you think that is still true to today? Why or why not?

3. If a woman's husband died during this time period, what might be that woman's fate?

4. How did Elizabeth prove that she could do anything boys could do?

5. What does the author mean when she says, "Elizabeth wasn't interested in easy?" Are you interested in easy? Why or why not?

6. Compare Elizabeth's life to most other young women. Why did she decide to do things differently?

7. Why do you think Elizabeth liked Henry Stanton? What do you think is most important about becoming friends with someone else?

8. What did Elizabeth like about being married? What was not much fun?

9. What was the "one thing that could change everything?" How does Elizabeth work to make it come true?

10. Why do you think "word of the meeting spread like wildfire" across the country? Why was this so important to so many people? Why do you think so many were against the idea?

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Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
lisabankey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love how this story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton is illustrated in the early colonial folksy style of drawing. It gives a great sense of how things were during early America. This picture book tells the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and how she started spreading the notion that women should be allowed to vote.
chardesty06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SUMMARY: The book falls under the biographical genre. The author gives a brief summary of important events in Elizabeth Cady Stanton's life, which all center around her belief that all people, are created equal. She believes women should have the right to vote, which would then let them have a voice and would allow to become leaders for the nation. Readers see the hardships she endured, as she let her voice be heard and the story ends with her 1848 speech concerning woman's rights. The author also includes a more detailed biography at the back of the book, which explains ART/MEDIA: gouache and colored pencil
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are many books about Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This one is a good choice for the youngest J readers. It has minimal text that is easy to understand but captures the essence of Cady Stanton's role in the Women's Suffrage movement, along with the more mundane details of her daily life. Tales of childhood inequities should be of particular interest to young readers. The illustrations are in folk art style to suggest the era. Short enough for a single-sitting read-aloud, best for 3rd-6th grade.
artlibby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This picture book biography gives young readers a delightful introduction into one of America's foremost female reformers. The book introduces Elizabeth as a young girl, and continues chronologically with Elizabeth's realization of her less than equal status as compared to her male counterparts. We then see the steps she took to try and fix these inequalities. The book concludes with a more in-depth synopsis of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's life, followed by a list of sources. The whimsical illustrations will be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. The book takes a light approach to the topic, and would compliment elementary school library collections.
lmaddux on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
character study, IDEA: have kids research stories of women before freedom them compare and contrast today from then
Karizev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Students are going to research on the women's rights, and than present it to the class on a poster board with pictures and interesting facts.
shanetia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This book pays tribute to a Suffrage leader, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Elizabeth fought to change laws written by man and catered to men. She believed if women were able to vote, they would be able to change unequal laws. She searched for supporters for equal voting rights for women. Eventhough, many people were against Elizabeth beliefs, she was persistent in changing inequality in America.Personal Reaction:I loved the way the author captured the life of Elizabeth in to this children's book. The author did amazing job in showing its readers what women had gone though in that time period. I am truly thankful for Elizabeth' actions, because without her modern women may not have equal opportunities as we do today.Classroom Extension:1. I would have students search other leaders of the Women Suffrage and write a short summary about their life.2. As a class, I would have students give ideas about why voting is important. Then, I would write their ideas on a poster board to remind students everyday about the importance of voting.
tlwood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fantastic introduction to the life of one of the suffragist leaders in the United States. The author does a great job distilling a packed life into a few pages and making the life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton into a cohesive story. Unfortunately, it ended abruptly and it seemed there was a hole in the "story" that only a few more pages, if written in the same way, would have given the audience more depth to this hero's life (thus 4 rating rather than a 5). The writing style was simple but full of detail. Each sentence packed a punch and moved the story forward. The illustrations were reminiscent of folk art and really paralleled the story so that it was almost possible to "read" the story through the pictures, rather than just using the illustrations as a way to "decorate" the words. This is a great book for elementary students, not only for pleasure, but to supplement curriculum.
DoreenTwinmom More than 1 year ago
A charming book on the life and times of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her views on Women needing to count. Elizabeth paves the way for Woman's right to vote. It is a beginners read, very informative and well written. I highly recommend this book.