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Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune

by Eloise Greenfield Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

The biography of Mary McLeod Bethune, an African American woman who started a school, founded a hospital, and worked her whole life to find solutions to problems of need.

As a child growing up on a farm, Mary Jane McLeod had a dream: she wanted to read. Not only did her dream come true, but Mary McLeod Bethune made sure that same dream was realized by hundreds of other black children.

"During the years following the Civil War in rural South Carolina where opportunities for blacks to go to school were nonexistent, Mary McLeod Bethune had to overcome many obstacles to pursue her dream of education for all children. Simply told, this biography of an outstanding black educator has excellent illustrations".— School Library Journal.

8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Biography and Autobiography, Informational Text

About the Author and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag Eloise Greenfield Despite a full time service job, author Eloise Greenfield was determined to write books that told the truth about African-American people. Now she aims to give young people words that nourish the spirit.
Jerry Pinkney Jerry Pinkney has been illustrating children's books since 1964, illustrating over one hundred titles and has been the recipient of five Caldecott Honor Medals, a Caldecott Medal, and five The New York Times "Best Illustrated Books".

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