An affectionate picture-book biography of Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren.
Elizabeth Warren has always had a passionate drive for equity and justice, Wood begins. Because of her awareness of class differentials and the sexism she experienced as a working mother, Elizabeth decided to use her passion for debating and her strong sense of justice to become a lawyer, starting her own one-woman practice out of her home after graduating from law school. Prompted by her personal experiences, she seized her moment as she ran for and won a seat in the United States Senate, becoming both the first woman senator from Massachusetts and a fighter for women and working people across the country. Wood’s bookended use of the refrain “She insisted. / She resisted. / She persisted” emphasizes Warren’s fortitude and frames the rest of the narrative. Wood does mention that Warren claims “Native American ancestry” in an author’s note but does not interrogate this, simply noting that her claim “came into question” during her campaign and citing Warren’s response. With a colorful but muted palette, full-bleed spreads, and clear lines, Green’s illustrations feel calm and steadfast, matching Wood’s portrayal of Warren. Background characters are shown with diverse skin tones, hair, body types, family structures, and gender expressions.
A strong, upbeat introduction to a bold figure. (author’s note) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)