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[Nonfiction Wednesday] Born To Lead: Hillary Rodham Clinton

Some Girls Are Born To Lead, indeed.

Myra here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2019 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.

For a woman to even attempt to lead one of the superpower countries in the world is a sheer act of defiance against still-prevailing stereotypes – and Hillary Rodham Clinton has demonstrated that she has, indeed, nerves of steel.


Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born To Lead

Written by Michelle Markel Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Published by Balzer + Bray (2016)
ISBN: 0062381229 (ISBN13: 9780062381224)
Borrowed through inter-library loan. Book photos taken by me.

The story begins with young Hillary against a backdrop of men taking centre stage in what is ostensibly, a man’s world.

Girls weren’t supposed to act smart, tough, or ambitious. Even though, deep inside, they may have felt that way. 

The story goes on to show her predisposition towards leadership and community service, as well as the many pivotal moments that inspired her. One in particular caught my eye:

“There is nothing more tragic than to sleep through a revolution.”
Martin Luther King

I believe that this message resonates even up to the present time. The story also talks about her marriage with Bill Clinton, and how she was expected to behave as the First Lady in the White House. As noted by Eleanor Roosevelt in a conversation with Hillary:

It is to Hillary’s credit that she “went back to work” even after losing the US elections. And the rest of the world, I believe, is eternally grateful for that. Markel’s storytelling was upbeat, engaging, and empowering. I personally found this to be one of LeUyen Pham’s best art. I enjoyed reading her Artist’s Note in the end providing details about specific pages filled with personalities, as well as how she prepared for this book project. Definitely a book worth adding to your classroom shelves.


#WomenReadWomen2019: Country – United States of America (both author and illustrator are from the US)

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Singapore. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she serves as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads or meeting up with her book club friends, she is smashing that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life.

1 comment on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] Born To Lead: Hillary Rodham Clinton

  1. I’ve read other bios of Hillary & did know of her & the group going to see Dr. King, but this looks like another one that doesn’t let us forget she is a leader, one that we’re increasingly sad that she did not become our president. Thanks, Myra.

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