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The Ballot Box Battle [Paperback]

By Emily Arnold McCully (Author)
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In Tenafly, New Jersey, in 1880, a young girl named Cordelia isn't interested in hearing her neighbor's stories about the fight for women's suffrage. But on election day, Cordelia prompts Mrs. Stanton to tell the heartwrenching story of her own childhood, and how it steeled her for the battles of her adult life. What happens when Cordelia and Elizabeth Cady Stanton decide to go to the polls is a turning point for Cordelia, and an inspiration to children everywhere. Full color.

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From Caldecott medalist Emily Arnold McCully comes the inspiring story of Cordelia, a young girl whose relationship with her neighbor, the great suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, inspires her to a remarkable act of courage.
*"McCully's richly hued, softly textured paintings beautifully evoke the late 19th-century era...skillfully weaving fact and story, The Ballot Box Battle offers a history lesson pleasingly framed in a story about an independent young girl" (School Library Journal, starred review).  
Caldecott medalist Emily Arnold McCully was born in Galesburg, Illinois, which is also the birthplace of the poet Carl Sandburg, a friend and mentor of Emily's father and the subject of many of her first portrait drawings.  As a child in Garden City, New York, Emily doodled and sketched and created her own stories, binding them into books complete with their own copyright pages.  As class artist in school, she was recruited to design posters, backdrops, and programs for concerts and plays.  Despite her interest in drawing, Emily decided against attending art school and enrolled at Pembroke College (now Brown University).  She performed as an actress and singer, and was co-author of the annual college musical.  After graduation, Emily worked odd jobs in the field of commercial art. In 1966, a children's book editor saw a series of advertisement posters Emily had illustrated and asked her to illustrate her first children's book.  It was not until 1985, however, that her storytelling and picture-making  were united with Picnic , the first of five wordless picture books about a family of mice.

Always at work on a new project, Emily divides her time between a studio loft in New York City, and a home in the country.  She is an avid reader, gardener, cook, and tennis player, and she is the mother of two grown sons, Nat and Ted.  

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Ballot Box Battle by Emily Arnold McCully has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/26/1998
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 657

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Dragonfly Books
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.9" Width: 7.94" Height: 0.13"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 13, 1998
Publisher   Dragonfly Books
Age  5-8
ISBN  0679893121  
ISBN13  9780679893127  

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More About Emily Arnold McCully

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Emily Arnold McCully was born in Galesburg, Illinois, and grew up -a daredevil child, - always climbing trees or buildings. She made it to college intact, however, and received her B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. in art history from Columbia University.

Emily McCully's artwork has been included in the International Biennale at Bratislava, and she has won a Christopher Award for Picnic, one of the many picture books that she has both written and illustrated.

Writing also for adults, Ms. McCully has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. Her book, A Craving was nominated for an American Book Award.

The idea for Mirette on the High Wire began as a biography of real-life daredevil Blondin. But the author changed her mind to accomodate the tree-climbing child and risk-taking adult she was and is.

copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Emily Arnold McCully currently resides in Chatham, in the state of New York.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( M ) > McCully, Emily Arnold
3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1800s
4Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > General
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Girls & Women > Fiction
6Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12
7Books > Subjects > Children > Issues
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Beautiful and imaginative pictures.  Mar 17, 1999
This story takes place in the late 1800's when Mrs. Stanton-the famous women's rights activist-was still alive. It deals with a young girl, Cordelia, who wants to ride Mrs. Stanton's horse. Mrs. Stanton instead of letting her ride the horse tells her about her childhood experiences. Mrs. Stanton also also makes a great impact on Cordelia when she tries to vote and is not allowed. This in turn inspires Cordelia to stand up for herself.

It is a well-written story that shows what life was like for women before they got to vote. It shows that injustices can be overcome when we put our minds to it and when we don't let what others say get in our way of realizing our dreams. This would be a good story to read to 5th and 6th graders as an introduction to American history in this century.

The pictures are beautiful. They recall images of a by-gone era. It is interesting that men and boys are painted in darker colors, while Cordelia wears lighter colors.


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