Author(s): Aura Lewis
Gloria Steinem started a movement that changed our world - and this picture-book biography, which follows Steinem from childhood through her political awakening and beyond, introduces young readers to the pioneering feminist leader.
Using gorgeous watercolour illustrations by debut author Aura Lewis, Gloria's Voice brings the message of equality to a new generation as it explains Steinem's motivations and beliefs, as well as the obstacles she faced in fighting for women's rights.
Ages 4 and up.
"Lewis portrays the activist as caring and creative, and the message that education, tenacity, and hope will result in realized dreams is clear. . . .This should be considered for picture book biography collections." --School Library Journal
"Debut author-illustrator Lewis focuses on Gloria Steinem's early life and career. Even in childhood, Steinem understood the limitations imposed upon women: 'as a wife and mother, Gloria's mama had to stay home and take care of the family. That's what women are expected to do.' Reporting on the women's liberation movement helps Steinem to find her calling; founding Ms. magazine gives voice to millions: 'The magazines fly off the newsstands! People want to hear what women have to say.' Lewis's watercolor and mixed-media art features glowing rose and tangerine shades, with compositions and fonts that call to mind 1960s-era graphic design. On one surreal spread, Steinem stands triumphantly on the keys of her typewriter, hands on her hips, red hair flowing. Endnotes hint at Steinem's many more accomplishments. It's a subtle ode to an iconic figure of quiet 'strength and enormous influence.'" --Publishers Weekly
"This charming picture book is written for trainer-wheels feminists but would make a cool gift for a big girl, too." --The Toronto Star Online
Aura Lewis is an illustrator based in New York City. She is a recent graduate of the MFA program in the Illustration as Visual Essay program at the School of Visual Arts.