Men who courageously stood for what is right, women who passionately cared for those in need, Christians who sacrificed everything for what they believed, scientists who changed the world with their innovations, everyday mothers who lived extraordinary lives, statesmen who fought for freedom. . . all of these can be found in biographies. Lives in Print reviews over 150 such biographies, giving a summary of each.
: Reviewed by Kelly Crespin at eho.org
From a very early age, Ava enjoyed reading biographies and autobiographies. She started by reading about Madame Curie and has since read hundreds of stories written about people and their lives.
This booklet is a compilation of the books Miss Bluedorn has enjoyed over the years. While she admits this list is not complete, and never will be, it is a good place for a reader to begin finding out about others lives.
The books are listed in alphabetical order, with a subject grouping at the back of the booklet. Below is a sample entry:
Master Detective: Allan Pinkerton
By Arthur Orrmont, published 1965
B, level 2
In 1842 Allan Pinkerton left his native land of Scotland to avoid political persecution. By quite an accident, he became a detective by exposing a ring of counterfeiters. From his stirring and exciting exploits (including the saving of President Lincoln from assassination during the Civil War) emerges the portrait of a man who served the cause of justice with rare dignity and principle.
This entry shows the letter "B" which means "biography". The letter "A" would indicate an "autobiography". The books are divided into 3 levels. The level 2 means that the book has more difficult language and usually contains more details about the person's life.
As previously mentioned, the booklet has a subject listing at the back. Some categories include: Civil War, Composer, Inventor, Missionary, President, Royalty and Scientist.
This booklet gives some wonderful introductions to biographies and autobiographies. The $6.00 price tag is definitely set to pay for the extensive work involved in compiling the list rather than the booklet, which is simple and basic.