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Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice Paperback – Illustrated, Nov. 5 2019
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Whitney Gardner is an author, illustrator, and cartoonist living by the Salish Sea with her husband and two pugs. She started drawing stick figures in second grade and somehow no one's been able to stop her. If there’s ever a moment when she isn’t drawing she’s likely to be found baking, tending to her many houseplants, or rolling twenty-sided dice. Her favorite color is, and always will be, yellow. She is the author of the YA novels You’re Welcome, Universe and Chaotic Good, as well as the creator of Fake Blood and Long Distance and the illustrator for Debbie Levy’s Becoming RBG.
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (Nov. 5 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1534424555
- ISBN-13 : 978-1534424555
- Item weight : 451 g
- Dimensions : 17.78 x 1.27 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #237,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Integrated into the layout and design of the book are scaffolds for middle grade/middle school readers who may be less familiar with the judicial system in the United States or with critical moments in particular periods of time. For example, key terms like “federal government” are occasionally defined in sidebars. Gardner integrates other helpful items into the illustrations like newspaper headlines, protestor signs or signs posted in shops, quotes from historical figures, illustrations of court briefs, etc. to support understanding of what was going on (e.g., McCarthyism, Jim Crow, Equal Rights Amendment).
While Levy and Gardner tackle harder topics like RBG using the courts to gain equal treatment for women, they also include plenty of material that may be easier (or more familiar) for their audience to understand—the loving relationship between RBG and her husband, Marty, RBG’s relationship with her own mother and with her own children, the desire to do well in school and so forth. There’s a really nice balance of harder and more familiar topics, making this book even more accessible for our students.
The Levy and Gardner team clearly have their audience in mind! THANK YOU! WELL DONE. Highly recommend for 4th through 8th grade.
BOOK TALK thoughts - In 4th through 6th grade, you might start by reading aloud Levy and Baddeley’s picture book about RBG entitled I Dissent! Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark as a way to introduce this book and book talk it before leaving in the class library to be snatched up. In 6th and 7th, you might show the trailer for the documentary RBG to get students interested in this bio – the first 15 seconds of the trailer reveal her super powers ;).