Who says women can’t be doctors?:the story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone is a terrific picture book about the first women to become a doctor in the
in 1849. United
It has a pretty typical biography format chronologically outlining
’s life. Her childhood and her
nature as a child are given several pages.
Despite being a “tiny wisp of a girl” she was supposedly a fairly
resolute child who didn't back down from a challenge or a fight. Elizabeth
This quality would stand her in good stead when it came time for her to get into medical school and attending the school once she was accepted. Neither of these was easy. Twenty-eight schools refused her admittance. The school that did accept her,
School in upstate , had done so more as a joke. But her determination to stick it out
resulted in her graduating with the highest
grades. New York
That’s where the book ends but the author’s note at the end of the book fills us in on the rest of
’s life as a
struggling woman doctor. Elizabeth
Marjorie Priceman’s illustrations have a very airy, fluid feel to them that keeps the story moving, with bright colours and lots of white space.
I would recommend this for primary grades.