If you are looking for a powerful story about Shirley Chisholm this is it! It describes Shirley as a verb because “verbs are words that move the world forward.” This articulates her perfectly and the verbs she represents are highlighted throughout the book. Shirley was taught the value of speaking up at a young age and continued to do so for her whole life. She was the first Black Woman to become a congresswoman and to make a bid for president. Her message inspired not only a generation of girls but was also influential in pop culture. One part of the book shows her during a debate saying, “I’ve got something to say” with her hand up. This is reminiscent of Vice President Kamala Harris’ debate saying, “I’m speaking” reminding us all of the lasting impacts of Shirley Chisholm. The author leaves the reader with the message of what change are we going to fight for showing us bold and colorful words like speak, listen, and invite that pop out from the page. More information about her is in the back as well as recommendations for those readers that want to run for office themselves!
For a craft we made an oragami chair and we wrote the highlighted verbs from the book on the paper before we folded it!
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