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“Wow! What a tremendous telling of a critical American story. Patsy Takemoto Mink’s story resonates on such a deep and interconnected level. Told through beautiful prose and illustrations, this is an essential read.”
— Lauren Kean, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC
The only picture book biography about unsung hero Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first Asian American woman elected to Congress.
From a young age, Patsy Takemoto Mink learned that striving for goals came with challenges. But she also learned to never give up. As the Japanese proverb says: fall down seven times, stand up eight.
That spirit helped Patsy through school. She wanted to become a doctor, but at the time, medical schools didn’t admit women. So Patsy carved her own path. She went to law school, ran for a seat in the United States Congress, and helped create Title IX, the law that requires federally funded schools to treat boys and girls equally. Although many people tried to knock her down, Patsy—a historic trailblazer who spent her life fighting for fairness—always got up again!
From award-winning author Jen Bryant and illustrator Toshiki Nakamura comes an inspiring picture book biography that brings Patsy Takemoto Mink’s incredible legacy to life.
About the Author
Jen Bryant writes picture books, novels, and poems for readers of all ages. Her biography A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, received a Caldecott Honor. A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin won an ALA Schneider Family Book Award, the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award, and a Sibert Honor. The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus won the Sibert Medal and a Caldecott Honor. Jen is a proud graduate of Gettysburg College and lives with her family in Pennsylvania. Visit her online at www.jenbryant.com.
Toshiki Nakamura is an artist working in both animation and illustration. He is a character designer and illustrator who has worked for such animation studios as Netflix Animation, HouseSpecial, and DreamWorks TV. Toshiki also has received a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators as well as recognitions from 3x3. He is currently based in Kanagawa, Japan. Visit him online at www.artoftoshi.com.
“An informative profile of a trailblazing legislator that will inspire children to work for justice.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Comprehensive. Crisp language expounds the figure’s accomplishments.” — Publishers Weekly
“Accessible and engaging. Bryant’s clear prose draws a distinct line from Mink’s childhood precociousness and fortitude to her adult accomplishments.” — Horn Book Magazine
"This story of a noteworthy woman is packed with history and strength." — Booklist
“A good book for libraries looking to increase nonfiction books about gender and racial equality.” — School Library Journal