Ruth Objects : The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Rappaport, Doreen; Velasquez, Eric (ILT)

A portrait of the trailblazing Supreme Court Justice describes the prejudices that challenged her pursuit of an education and a career in law, her achievements as the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court and her important contributions to high-profile cases. 35,000 first printing. Illustrations.

Doreen Rappaport's nonfiction and historical fiction books have been acclaimed for their meticulous research and varied literary styles. She is the recipient of the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild lifetime achievement award for the writing of nonfiction. Among her many award-winning biographies are Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collier, a Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner; and Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, the Library of Virginia's Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award winner, a CCBC Best Book of the Year, and an IRA Teachers' Choice. Doreen lives in upstate New York. Visit her at

Eric Velasquez was born in Spanish Harlem and grew up in Harlem. He earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and has been illustrating for over 30 years. He has illustrated over 30 children's books; his first picturebook, The Piano Man by Debbie Chocolate, won the Coretta-Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. In 2010, Eric was awarded an NAACP Image award for his work in Our Children Can Soar, which he collaborated on with 12 notable illustrators of children's literature. Eric also wrote and illustrated Grandma's Records and its follow-up Grandma's Gift, which won the 2011 Pura Belpré Award for illustration and was nominated for a 2011 NAACP Image Award. His latest book, Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford, won the 2018 Walter Award and Golden Kite Award and was an International Latino Book Award Honorable Mention. Eric lives and works in New York, where he teaches book illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology. For more information, please visit his website

Ruth Bader Ginsburg stares out from the cover in an almost life-size portrait, calmly confident and assured, but a Jewish girl raised in Brooklyn in the '30s and '40s was not expected to end up on the U.S. Supreme Court. Through college and law school, as a university professor and a judge, Ginsburg continued to challenge other people's limited expectations. In this picture-book biography, each two-page spread is broken up roughly into two-thirds illustrations and one-third text. Velasquez's striking paintings may fill the whole space or be divided into panels depicting a series of events. The nature of Ginsburg's work is inherently difficult to explain to a young audience, but Rappaport frames many of the justice's court cases around the ideas of fairness, discrimination, and equality, concepts that children generally can recognize. Debbie Levy's similar I Dissent (2016) is told more as a continuous narrative, while this work examines pivotal points in Ginsburg's life. The text is anchored by quotations, effectively communicating Ginsburg's voice and providing insight into her motivations and beliefs. Grades 1-3. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg witnessed and experienced discrimination, both subtle and overt, that profoundly affected her choices and the direction her life would take. Her mother was denied many opportunities, but she was determined that Ruth would achieve independence. She died just before Ruth's high school graduation, never seeing her daughter's splendid achievements. Colleges had quotas for admitting women, Jews, and racial minorities. School administrators openly disparaged women, and there were severe restrictions regarding housing, dining, curfews, and studying. Women, including Ruth, had to leave jobs when pregnant. There was discrimination in hiring for positions in law firms or for clerkships. But Ruth persevered, with her husband as equal life-partner every step of the way. While a law professor at Rutgers University she participated in a successful lawsuit seeking equal pay with her male counterparts. Many more lawsuits seeking to end gender inequities followed. As lawyer, federal judge, and the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, her remarkable career was forged from strength, determination, and pure guts. Rappaport te lls Ruth's story chronologically, punctuating it with Bader's own words. Differing typesets, font sizes, and colors separate the quotes from the cogent, informative narration supplied. Per series formula, there is no title on the front cover—just Velasquez's oil portrait depicting her intensity and serious demeanor. Interior illustrations focus on Ruth in every phase of her life and perfectly match the text. An insightful and fascinating examination of Ginsburg as woman and jurist. (timeline, author's note, illustrator's note, selected bibliography, additional resources) (Picture book/biography. 7-10) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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