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Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President

Press: Albert Whitman & Company (July 1, 2012)
Publication Date:2012-7
Author Name:Malaspina, Ann; James, Steve;


On November 5, 1872, Susan B. 
Anthony made history--and broke the law--when she voted in the US presidential election, a privilege that had been reserved for men.
She was arrested, tried, and found guilty: “The greatest outrage History every witnessed,” she wrote in her journal.
It wasn't until 1920 that women were granted the right to vote, but the civil rights victory would not have been possible without Susan B.
Anthony's leadership and passion to stand up for what was right.

From Booklist

A multitude of books have been written about Susan B. 
Anthony, and here, another picture book joins the ranks.
The subtitle indicates the focus, which is on a single significant event in her life rather than a biographical overview.
The sparse text, arranged much like prose poetry, begins by setting the time and place: Rochester, New York, November 1, 1872, days before Susan voted, and was arrested and put on trial.
Her crime was voting when women were not allowed to do so.
The narrative ends with the judge’s infamously unfair decision of guilty, whereupon Susan was fined $100.
Embellished dialogue and descriptions lend an immediacy to the story, although there are occasional missing pieces (for instance, no explanation for why the trial was held in Canandaigua, New York, and not Rochester, where Susan lived).
James’ softly drawn paintings focus on faces, which are well characterized and realistic, while other details are intentionally less defined.
A strong, straightforward introduction to an activist kids that will return to as they grow older.
Grades 2-4.
--Julie Cummins


"Steve James' illustrations are brilliantly detailed and expressive. 
This book will be a great supplement to the elementary social studies curriculum." Recommended, Library Media Connection, January/February 2013

From the Inside Flap

A nonfiction story about suffragist Susan B. 
Anthony's first trip to the ballot box.

About the Author

Ann Malaspina has written many books for children, including Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper and Finding Lincoln. 
She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two sons.
Steve James has always enjoyed making pictures.
Steve received his BFA in illustration from Brigham Young University, where he studied traditional painting techniques.
He now lives in Lehi, Utah, with his wife.


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Comment List (Total:10)

  •     Do the young women , girls, in your life know the journey women have made over the last 100+ years which have brought them the right to vote, attend college, become doctors, etc? I think this is a book that every parent or grandparent who has a young girl in their lives needs to share with them.Susan B. Anthony is one of those women who risked everything on November 5, 1872 when she cast her ballot for president of the United States. She broke the law and was tried and convicted. Every woman should appreciate her courage and perseverance , as well as the other women involved, who did not give up until the 19th Amendment became law and women had the right to vote on August 18, 1920.This story shows the struggle these women had and it should help us appreciate the privilege we have to vote.

  •     This was a very enjoyable, accurate, account of the events surrounding Susan B. Anthony's act of civil disobedience: casting a vote. The illustrations are obviously based on contemporary photos and portraits. This would serve as a good introduction to Anthony's work.The formatting for the digital version is awful. I wasn't allowed to view it in the Kindle Cloud Reader, so had to read it on my iPad. The magnifying tool doesn't work for this book. The text was so small, even when "tapped" that I had to practically put my nose on the book!

  •     This a really good book it has a lot of information.

  •     Heart on Fire is a beautifully written and illustrated story of Susan B. Anthony’s long going struggle to win one of the most important rights a U.S. Citizen can have: the right to vote. In 1872 she cast her illegal vote for president after using logic to persuade the men at the polling place; by reading them the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which gave African American men the right to vote after the Civil War: “All person born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction there, are citizen of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizen of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdictions the equal protection of the laws. Anthony reasoned that woman were also included in this amendment as citizens and therefore should be able to vote as well. Shortly after her vote was cast she was arrested for unlawfully voting. Sadly, she didn't live to see the passing of the 19th amendment in 1919 finally giving women the right to vote, but her continued diligence helped change history.

  •     I liked the length, but would have enjoyed a bit longer story to understand it didn't end with her fine.

  •     I downloaded this book on my Kindle Reader for iPad and I can't read it because it's too small. There is no way to zoom in. I tried it on my iPhone and it's even smaller.

  •     HEART ON FIRE: SUSAN B. ANTHONY VOTES FOR PRESIDENT is an exciting Children's book/history. The story of Susan B. Anthony,her trials,election laws,her triumphs,and Women's suffrage amendment begins in the 1800's. In 1869 Susan B. Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association. Born a Quaker,arrested for voting for the President,trialed,found guilty,ordered to pay a fine which she never paid,carried an alligator purse, and never gave up her quest to vote. What an amazing lady! A great read! Educational and parents,history bluffs alike will enjoy this title. Easy for young readers to read. Has beautiful illustrations. I enjoyed learning more on this interesting lady. Received for an honest review from the publisher.RATING: 4.5HEAT RATING: NON(CHILDREN'S)REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

  •     We bought this book for our Brownie Girl Scout Troop as we are learning about women who made a difference in the world. We will then be donating the books. This was a good book. It's a little long, but it's good. It shows the need for change and what ECS did to help make these changes. It shows how determined she was as well as many other women such as Sojourner Truth (who is mentioned) to get women the right to vote. It mentions how long it actually took and is a good reminder for everyone that change does not happen overnight. We made a point of briefly telling our girls though that ECS was fighting for white women, not all women. Carefully explaining the dynamics of government and prejudices back then. The book hints at this with Sojourner Truths "Ain't I a woman?" Overall, even though it's a little long, I would definitely buy it again.

  •     Just in time for the election, here's a picture book about Susan B. Anthony voting for President in 1872--well before the 19th Amendment passed in 1920, officially acknowledging that women have the right to vote.Anthony argued that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1868, gave women the right to vote because it stated that all citizens have equal rights.She and 15 other women successfully registered to vote, and cast their ballots. However, soon after the election they were all arrested. Before her trial, Anthony toured the country, arguing her case before the American people.Although she lost the case and was fined $100, she declared she would never pay a penny.Anthony's story is told in simple language by Ann Malaspina, with appealing watercolor illustrations by Steve James. An appendix includes background information for adults, a short bibliography, and a reproduction of a letter Anthony wrote to her friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton after she voted.This book would probably be most appropriate for ages 8 and up, because younger children may not understand the legal concepts. It could also be used as a quick introduction to voting rights, women's rights, and/or the 14th and 19th amendments, for older students.I have included this book in my online Gender Equality Bookstore.

  •     Heart on Fire is an inspiring story of the struggles of Susan B. Anthony who advocated for women's right to vote.


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