Books by Doreen Rappaport

TO DARE MIGHTY THINGS by Doreen Rappaport
Released: Dec. 17, 2013

"A truly inspiring tribute to a seemingly larger-than-life U.S. president. (timeline, selected research sources, bibliography, websites, acknowledgments) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt certainly dared mighty things, and this lavish picture-book biography deftly captures the legendary man's bold, exuberant nature. Read full book review >
HELEN'S BIG WORLD by Doreen Rappaport
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A magisterial account. (author's & illustrator's notes, timeline, sources) (Picture books/biography. 6-10)"
Helen Keller's transcendent leap across the barriers of her blindness and deafness continues to inspire. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Thorough, deeply researched and stylistically clear, this is a necessary, exemplary book. (pronunciation guide, chronology, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
In a book that is the very model of excellence in nonfiction, Rappaport dispels the old canard that the Jews entered the houses of death as lambs led to the slaughter. Read full book review >
JACK'S PATH OF COURAGE by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"Acknowledgement is made that the quotes have been shortened and punctuation has been simplified, and their sources are included. (author's and illustrator's notes, timeline, bibliography, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
A striking cover close-up of Kennedy (with the title information on the back of the jacket, à la the author's Martin's Big Words, illustrated by Bryan Collier, 2001) introduces the reader to this biography of the 35th president of the United States. Read full book review >
ELEANOR, QUIET NO MORE by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 3, 2009

"Suitable for reading aloud as well as independently, this is a gracious and admiring portrait, a splendid way to introduce the "First Lady of the World" to a new generation of young children. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Unhappy and quiet as a child, Eleanor Roosevelt learned to speak for herself as a teenager, encouraged her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt's political career and made one for herself during his presidency and after his death, defending the weak and fighting for freedoms. Read full book review >
ABE’S HONEST WORDS by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

Rappaport plainly explicates the major events in Abraham Lincoln's life from his poor beginnings to the assassin's bullet. Read full book review >
LADY LIBERTY by Doreen Rappaport
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: May 13, 2008

"Closing with heartfelt comments from several immigrants or their children, this adds up to a stirring reminder of what Lady Liberty stands for. (author's and illustrator's notes, statistics, timeline, sources) (Poetry. 9-11, adult)"
"She will be massive but elegant, / as grand as any one of the / Seven Wonders of the Ancient World." Read full book review >
NOBODY GONNA TURN ME ’ROUND by Doreen Rappaport
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Rather than increasing the immediacy of the experience, as it did in the earlier volumes, it serves to distance the reader from people and events, which is a pity considering its beauty. (timeline, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Following on the heels of No More! (2002) and Free at Last (2004) is the third in this striking trilogy documenting African-American history. Read full book review >
FREEDOM SHIP by Doreen Rappaport
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Readers will be better served by some of the works from the bibliography. (Picture book. 5-9)"
On May 13, 1862, Robert Smalls and his crew of enslaved men took over the Confederate ship Planter and delivered it to the Union side, complete with cannons and ammunition. Read full book review >
UNITED NO MORE! by Doreen Rappaport
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"A terrific history for the intended audience. (introduction, timeline, Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Continuing from their successful collaboration on Victory or Death! Read full book review >
THE SCHOOL IS NOT WHITE! by Doreen Rappaport
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Intended for all ages, the youngest readers will need the guidance of adults in understanding the work as a complete entity. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
In 1965, schools in Drew, Miss. remained strictly segregated in spite of the 11-year-old Supreme Court decision declaring segregation unconstitutional. Read full book review >
IN THE PROMISED LAND by Doreen Rappaport
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 2005

"While many of these figures deserve a broader approach than these snippets, this collection may at least spark some interest for further reading. (sources, bibliography, Web sites) (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
These one-page sketches of 13 Jewish-American figures attempt to serve as an introduction to the one "defining moment" that shaped their lives or professions. Read full book review >
JOHN’S SECRET DREAMS by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A lively, if unusual, take on the pop-culture icon, whose music is as fresh today as it was then. (author's note, illustrator's note, important dates, discography, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. All ages)"
In their latest collaboration, Rappaport and Collier combine a spare, poetic text and watercolor-and-collage illustrations to introduce readers to John Lennon and as varied references as Lewis Carroll, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, the war in Vietnam, and the civil-rights movement. Read full book review >
FREE AT LAST! by Doreen Rappaport
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Extensive back matter includes an illustrator's note, acknowledgments, bibliography, further reading, Web sites, and an index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Rappaport and Evans reprise the passion and power that informed their 2002 collaboration No More! Read full book review >
VICTORY OR DEATH! by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2003

"An important addition to the huge body of literature about the Revolution and a model of excellent historical writing. (introduction, timeline, maps, index, sources) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
With a knack for seeing the story in history, Rappaport (We are the Many, 2002, etc.) and Verniero offer real-life accounts of heroes of the American Revolution. Read full book review >
WE ARE THE MANY by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Her coverage of each person is so brief that this won't be useful for reports, but it might be used as a browser by students, or for teachers to introduce a unit. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Thirteen distinguished American Indians, from Tisquantum and Sacajawea to Wilma Mankiller and Sherman Alexie, are profiled here. Read full book review >
MARTIN’S BIG WORDS by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Readers will hear his voice echo in this presentation. (timeline, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
Beginning with the startling cover, which contains only the face of Martin Luther King Jr., with his smile broad, and his eyes crinkled in laughter, this title intrigues. Read full book review >
NO MORE! by Doreen Rappaport
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"An excellent account of the many ways in which slaves participated in bringing down the greatest evil in our nation's history. (author's note, chronology of important events, bibliography, recommended reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A poem about the impossibility of enslaving the mind and soul of a person in chains sets the tone for this stunning collection of stories and songs in tribute to slave resistance in America. Read full book review >
FREEDOM RIVER by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2000

Before the Civil War, John Parker, an ex-slave, successful businessman, and resident of the free state of Ohio crossed the Ohio River into Kentucky (a slave state) and risked his own life to free those still in bondage. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2000

"That doesn't detract from a book that reminds readers not to restrict their dreams on the basis of gender. (Picture book. 4-8)"
During WWII, as men went overseas, women assumed many of their jobs; Rappaport and Callan enthusiastically invent a fictional witness to that historical moment when baseball, too, was taken over by women. Read full book review >
THE FLIGHT OF RED BIRD by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1997

 In this moving work, Rappaport (Tinker vs. Read full book review >
THE LONG-HAIRED GIRL by Doreen Rappaport
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Des Moines, 1993, etc.) evocatively retells this Chinese folktale, made doubly effective by exceptional tinted woodcuts, artwork that conjures a south Asian landscape with startling power. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 A tale of courage given impact by the sheer drama that laces the story—the give and take, the frenzied activity, the cleverness. Read full book review >
TINKER VS. DES MOINES by Doreen Rappaport
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: June 30, 1993

"Bibliography. (Nonfiction, 11+)"
 An illumination of the issues raised in an important 1965 case testing students' civil liberties. Read full book review >
THE LIZZIE BORDEN TRIAL by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Forty b&w photos and index not seen. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
 In ``you be the jury'' format, a re-creation of a notorious 19th-century murder trial, complete with contradictory testimony, inflammatory press reports, and the defendant's emotional reactions. Read full book review >
LIVING DANGEROUSLY by Doreen Rappaport
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"Bracing and inspirational. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
 The subtitle here is misleading: though they all took unusual risks, these six women were not merely daredevils. Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY OF MENG by Doreen Rappaport
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A fine contribution. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
 The cruelties attending the building of the Great Wall are dramatized in a powerful story. Read full book review >