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Hear Her Voice!: Twelve Jewish Women Who Changed the World Nov 20, 2007
It is always a challenge to write a collective biography. The author must communicate a vivid picture of each person's life in a compelling and concise manner. Unfortunately, this book of twelve mini-biographies is not up to this difficult task. The choice of placing photo credits, acknowledgments, a lengthy dedication, and the in memoriam note about Miriam Klein Shapiro was not a good one, as it interferes significantly with the reader's first approach to the main text. The subjects of the biographies come from diverse time periods and places: They include well-known people such as Dona Gracia Nasi and Golda Meir, as well as lesser-known women such as Anna Ticho and Abby Joseph Cohen. The writing is workmanlike, bland, and didactic--similar to a curriculum guide. The authors are so concerned with teaching Jewish values that they simply fail to capture the reader's interest. They clearly have done much their research, but the editors have been lazy: the book is rife with sloppy grammatical and punctuation errors. With only one small photo at the beginning of each biography, with narrow margins and few design elements that break the monotony of the text, this book will probably be used only as a quick reference for student projects. Ages 10 & up. Reviewed by Anne Dublin