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Elizabeth Blackwell: America's First Woman Doctor
Elizabeth Blackwell: America's First Woman Doctor
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Graphic Library

Elizabeth Blackwell: America's First Woman Doctor

Discover the brilliant life Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States, in this powerful graphic novel. With comic book-style illustrations and short, engaging sentences, this biography will inspire, entertain, and inform young readers about an individual who made a significant contribution to society. This must-have graphic novel includes a bibliography, extended reading list, glossary, and further Internet sources.

PublisherCapstone Press
BrandGraphic Library
Age Level8-14 Years
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
GenreGraphic Nonfiction
SubjectGraphic Novels
Trim Size7 x 9
Page Count32



Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

"Elizabeth Blackwell was born in England and was educated at home with her eight siblings. In 1832 when she was eleven years old, her family left England to make a new beginning in the United States. After her father died, Elizabeth was determined that she would do what she could to support her family. Elizabeth and her family started a school for girls and Elizabeth faithfully taught her students even though she disliked teaching. Then one day Elizabeth visited a friend of hers who was dying of cancer. The friend commented on how much she wished she had had a female doctor to attend to her. The friend then suggested that Elizabeth should consider studying medicine. At first the idea appalled Elizabeth but then she grew to like the idea of having a profession which would make it possible for her to “serve others and challenge myself.” With the support of her family, Elizabeth set about raising the money to pay for medical school and educating herself about the human body as much as she could in the meantime. By 1847, after several years of hard work being a teacher, Elizabeth had enough money to pay for the university fees. Unfortunately, her troubles were not over for she now had to find a medical school which would be willing to accept a woman student. Finally, she was accepted at Geneva Medical College and her journey towards becoming a doctor truly began. Today it is difficult to imagine how hard it was for Elizabeth Blackwell to get the people in her world to agree to her becoming a doctor. Even after she had proved how clever and capable she was, she still had to convince would-be patients that she could take good care of them. Written with obvious empathy and understanding of Elizabeth’s situation, this biography serves as an excellent introduction to Elizabeth Blackwell’s life and work. The graphic rich, comic book style format makes it very accessible to young readers." - Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

February 1, 2007

Trina Robbins

Trina Robbins

Trina Robbins grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother, a second-grade schoolteacher, taught her to read at age four. She says, "It is the greatest gift anyone has ever given to me." Robbins turned her love of books into a lifelong career. For more than 30 years, she has been writing graphic novels and children's books. Her work includes comics such as Wonder Woman and Powerpuff Girls, as well as GoGirl!, her own graphic novel series for girls.

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