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Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Dreams Taking Flight

Illustrated by: Amy June Bates
For Ages: 5 - 8
  • reading group guide
  • common core
When Hillary was young, she wanted to be an astronaut, to soar as high as the stars above. She kept reaching up and up as she grew. There were people who told her no. But she didn't listen to them. There were people who didn't think she could do it. But she believed in herself. And Hillary has been making history ever since. This is the inspiring story of a girl with dreams as big as the open sky.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 40 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416984870 | 
  • August 2008 | 
  • Grades K - 3
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Reading Group Guide

Discussion Questions
Note to the teacher: Before reading Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight, ask your students what they know about Hillary Clinton. Then, after finishing the book, hold a class discussion. What did your students learn about Hillary from reading the book?
Hillary's first career goal was to become an astronaut. Why do you think she initially chose this as a future career? How is being an astronaut similar to the careers she has held throughout her life? How is it different? What are your career goals right now?
Hillary always believed in herself and was motivated to succeed from a very young age. Why do you think Hillary kept working hard when there were so many people who told her that she couldn't do well? Who and what helped her in her quest for success?
In the Flying Facts section at the end of the book, we learn that Hillary was a good athlete growing up, but there were no sports teams for girls when she was young. How do you feel about this? Are you surprised?
Many other paths were closed to women when Hillary was young in the early 1960s. But much has changed since then. Looking back at the book, talk about the numerous obstacles Hillary faced as a woman. Then discuss how life is different for women today. Why do you think the world changed?
There are many inspirational messages and phrases throughout Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight. Once you have finished reading the book, see more

About the Author

Kathleen Krull
Photograph by Paul Brewer

Kathleen Krull

Kathleen Krull is the author of Fartiste (with Paul Brewer), illustrated by Boris Kulikov, A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull, illustrated by Jane Dyer, and Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought), illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt, as well as a number of other acclaimed biographies for young readers. She lives in San Diego, California.

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