Saturday, October 03, 2020

The Latest Oz-Adjacent Reading

It just dawned onme that I got a new book for my collection, read it, but didn't write about it here! It's not, technically speaking, an Oz book, but it's written by an Oz scholar and past President of the International Wizard of Oz Club, and it's about an incident that happened to L. Frank Baum's mother-in-law, so I think I'm justified in writing about it here. The book is The Voice of Liberty, and it's the first picture book written by Angelica Shirley Carpenter. The illustrations are by Edwin Fothringham. It's the story of how Matilda Joslyn Gage and other members of the New York State Women's Suffrage Association disrupted the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1886. Why should the symbol of liberty be a women, they thought, if women can't even vote? They faced some obstaceles, but they were finally able to make their voices heard. If you've read Carpenter's previous book about Gage, Born Criminal, you may already know about how it all happened. This is a fun retelling of the events, told simply but clearly. Fotheringham's illustrtations are charming, and he dose a great job capturing their likenesses. (Carpenter could not find a reference photo of one of the organizers, Katherine Devereaux Blake, at the appropriate age, but Fotheringham does a great job of extrapolating from her later visage.)

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