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SHE WAS THE FIRST!: 
The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm
Author Katheryn Russell-Brown
Illustrator Eric Velasquez
Lee & Low Books

ISBN-10: 1620143461
ISBN-13: 9781620143469
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A timely, inspiring picture book biography of the dynamic twentieth-century educator, activist, and politician Shirley Chisholm.
Even as a young child growing up in the 1920s, Shirley Chisholm was a leader. At the age of three, older children were already following her lead in their Brooklyn neighborhood.
As a student at Brooklyn College, Shirley could outtalk anyone who opposed her on the debate team. After graduating, she used her voice and leadership to fight for educational change. In community groups, she stood up for the rights of women and minorities. Her small stature and fiery determination often took people by surprise. But they listened.
In 1964, Shirley took her voice and leadership to politics, becoming the first Black woman elected to the New York State Assembly, and in 1968, the first Black woman elected to Congress. Then in 1972, she became the first Black woman to seek the presidency of the United States. She pushed for laws that helped women, children, students, poor people, farm workers, Native people, and others who were often ignored. She fought for healthcare. She spoke up for military veterans. She spoke out against war
Shirley Chisholm, a woman of many firsts, was an unforgettable political trailblazer, a candidate of the people and catalyst of change who opened the door for women in the political arena and for the first Black president of the United States.
“Important history made beautiful and engaging.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

“Russell-Brown, with the help of Velasquez's expressive watercolor art, vividly brings Chisholm's experiences to life with storytelling that will appeal to a wide variety of ages--those both aware and unaware of her legacy. ”—School Library Journal
“This succinct biography emphasizes Chisholm's leadership qualities and her slogan and attitude (Unbought and Unbossed).”—Booklist
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Teacher’s Guide, Lee & Low
Gainesville Sun Op/Ed: Flowers for Shirley Chisholmhttps://www.leeandlow.com/uploads/loaded_document/845/SHEWASTHEFIRST_TG.pdfhttps://www.gainesville.com/story/opinion/2020/08/21/shirley-chisholm-trailblazer-and-so-much-more/5614819002/shapeimage_15_link_0shapeimage_15_link_1