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The Story of Nancy Pelosi in Children's Picture Book Encourages Leadership for Young Girls

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Leadership Inspiration for Young Girls

Beautifully illustrated with story text of Pelosi's rise to leadership

Beautifully illustrated with story text of Pelosi's rise to leadership

Nancy Pelosi's Story Will Inspire Young Girls to Become Leaders

Elisa Boxer's A Seat At The Table- The Nancy Pelosi Story is a beautifully written autobiography of Nancy Pelosi's beginning and rise to leadership in the government of our country. Picture books such as this one are always of interest when teaching history to young readers.

Pelosi grew up in a special Italian family. She was introduced to government at a very early age when her father was elected mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. A diverse group of people were always welcome in her family's home to have dinner and discuss governmental issues that affected everyone. Everyone's ideas were always welcome. Nancy's mother was a huge part of her father's success as mayor. Boxer writes that Nancy's mother was instrumental in helping the Italian immigrants to find their place in the community. She helped them when they needed City Hospital. She helped to find homes for the homeless and jobs for the unemployed immigrants. She fed them and made them feel at home. Nancy learned the value of a wife's help with her husband's politcal career by watching her mother through the years. Pelosi was active behind the scenes in the political arena as a married mom of five children when she and her husband lived in San Francisco. Nancy was ushered into coming out of the background when her friend who was very ill asked her to run as a replacement for her as a congresswoman. Nancy won her election to Congress in 1987 and the rest is history. She was elected Speaker of the House in 2007. She briefly lost her role and reclaimed her Speaker role in 2018.

Boxer briefly includes a description of the riot in September 2020 that ransacked the Capital. She describes Pelosi's strength of bringing all of Congress back in to finish counting the votes when Biden was elected. She also includes a transcript of a conversation with Pelosi at the end of the book. A comprehensive bibilography of resources is also included. Laura Freeman contributed her talent as an illustrator large and beautifully colored illustrations that fill each page.

A Seat At The Table -The Nancy Pelosi Story-was published by Random House Kids and is recommended for ages 8-12. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-37251-7.

Large Beautifully Colored Illustrations Help Tell Pelosi's Story

Pelosi's Italian mom was a big influence in her life

Pelosi's Italian mom was a big influence in her life

Pelosi's father as mayor of Baltimore

Pelosi's father as mayor of Baltimore

Pelosi runs for Congress for the first time

Pelosi runs for Congress for the first time

Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Pelosi

Pelosi worked with President George Bush

Pelosi worked with President George Bush

A leader for the whole country

A leader for the whole country

Pelosi's grandchildren are invited to be with her inside the Congress

Pelosi's grandchildren are invited to be with her inside the Congress

Madam Speaker

Madam Speaker

Bring A Seat At The Table-The Nancy Pelosi Story Into the Classroom

Teachers who teach history to young readers will want to add this autobiography to their classroom. Picture books were always my go-to-tool for teaching history to my young students when I was in the classroom. Picture books with beautifully done illustrations always engage young readers with learning history.

Pelosi's story is especially relevant for the historical times that we are living through in our country. Women in prominent leadership positions are on the rise. There are women who serve as mayors, governors, senators and representatives in both state and national government, and young girls will find inspiration with reading Pelosi's story.

The Conversation With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi segment at the end of the book is highly informative about the character and values of Pelosi. Pelosi answers questions from author Elisa Boxer.

Teachers will also find the comprehensive bibliography of resources to be very helpful for learning more about Pelosi and her career.

*Read A Seat At The Table-The Nancy Pelosi Story in a group reading session. Call attention to to the influence that her parents had on her young life.

*Assign a research project for students to choose one facet of Pelosi's career that they find to be of interest.

© 2021 Cindy Hewitt

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