Jane Addams was born to a comfortable life on the prairie in a friendly town called Cedarville, Illinois. Her mother died when Jane was two years old and soon after Jane came down with an illness that made her back crooked and her toes point in. She felt she was different.
Growing up Jane travelled with her father and on their travels she encountered people living in poverty and she felt a kinship with them and knew what it was like to feel hopeless.
When Jane grew up, she remembered the people in need and she chose to make it her life's work to help them make their lives better. She created Hull House, a place where all immigrants were welcome and she worked tirelessly giving English lessons, making sure families had child care and above all she gave struggling people the gifts of dignity and hope.
When World War I broke out, Jane went to fight for peace and led the International Congress of Women in their efforts to stop the war. For her courage, caring and hard work Jane Addams was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Written in free verse this picture book biography brings close Jane Addam's ordinariness that was transformed into heroism and conveys the deep feelings and caring one person can hold and use to change the world. The quiet illustrations subtly draw us into her times and her struggles. Informative and inspiring this wonderful book strikes a sharp contrast between the values of this dedicated woman and the illusion of values perpetrated on us now by the Madison Avenue executives and image mongers.
40 pages 978-1561459131 Ages 6-10
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
"Jane's heart ached for the world, but what could she do to stop a war?
This energetic and inspiring picture book biography of activist Jane Addams focuses on the peace work that won her the Nobel Peace Prize. From the time she was a child, Jane's heart ached for others. At first the focus of her efforts was on poverty, and lead to the creation of Hull House, the settlement house she built in Chicago. For twenty-five years, she'd helped people from different countries live in peace at Hull House. But when war broke out, Jane decided to take on the world and become a dangerous woman for the sake of peace.
Suzanne Slade's powerful text written in free verse illuminates the life of this inspiring figure while Alice Ratterree's stunning illustrations bring Jane Addams and her world to life."--from the publisher