Kim Washburnís Speaking Up: The Sarah Palin Story gives glimpses into the life of Sarah Palin. This easily read book is the newest addition to ZonderKidz Biography series, taking the reader on a journey through Palinís past. Speaking Up focuses on the personal side of her career and how her beliefs and interests have shaped the person she is today.
Washburn provides the reader with a selection of formative experiences in Palinís life. From winning her basketball state championship game, to participating in the Miss America Scholarship program, to fishing with her husband, to rearing a child with Downís syndrome, readers learn how events have shaped Palinís character and political career. Whenever she has been faced with a tough decision, Palin has relied on the strength and guidance of her Heavenly Father to persevere.
Washburn does a nice job of providing the readers with snapshots of the important moments in Palinís life. The chapters are brief, which keeps the reader engaged, but are detailed enough to provide interesting facts. Washburn keeps her young audience in mind and writes at an appropriate level. In the back of the book is a dictionary of political terms. Also, scattered throughout the book are boxes containing tidbits about Palin, as well as photographs to provide visuals for the readers.
Speaking Up: The Sarah Palin Story is a great book for youth interested in Sarah Palin or politics in general. Even adults who are interested in learning more about this political figure will enjoy the personal stories of Palinís life. Whether for education or enjoyment, many will appreciate this short biography. Ė Elizabeth Ford, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Kim Washburn tells the inspiring story of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who rose to become a noted voice in American politics.