Wild Women of the Wild West

Jonah Winter, illus. by Susan Guevara. Holiday House, $16.95 (40p) ISBN 978-0-8234-1601-1
Winter and Guevara offer 16 portraits—his in lively, straight-shooting prose; hers in stoic watercolor-and-ink—of women who made their names in the lawless years of the Wild West. From familiar figures like Calamity Jane and outlaw Belle Starr (“She looked and acted like a queen—even though she was mainly just a horse thief”) to less well-known women like reporter Polly Pry and Crow warrior The-Other-Magpie, the book’s subjects are varied, fascinating, and, as Winter puts it, “some of the bravest people in the world.” Girls looking for new historical heroes will find some great options in these pages. Ages 7–10. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 11/07/2011
Release date: 10/01/2011
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