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The only woman in the photo : Frances Perkins and her New Deal for America / Kathleen Krull ; illustrated by Alexandra Bye.

Krull, Kathleen, (author.). Bye, Alexandra, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library J 921 PER (Text) 33500013209044 New Available -
Breckenridge Public Library J 921 PER (Text) 33500013209051 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781481491518
  • ISBN: 1481491512
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2019]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
"Biography of Frances Perkins, the first female member of the presidential cabinet, and architect of much of the New Deal legislation as Secretary of Labor."--Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 4-8.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #2
    *Starred Review* Frances Perkins is credited with creating the U.S. Social Security system, so she's long overdue for some attention. This handsome picture-book biography traces her life as a soft-spoken young girl through her 14-year stint as Secretary of Labor during the FDR administration. The accessible text relates how Perkins came from a long line of strong women and how she was not shy about breaking barriers, whether pursuing college studies, forging a career in the nascent field of social work, exposing unsafe, unsanitary working conditions in New York City, or becoming the first woman ever to hold an executive cabinet post. The title refers to her unique status, and the narrative addresses the blatant discrimination she faced throughout her career. Vignettes show how she managed to win over her exclusively male colleagues through her soft but determined manner and sense of humor. Well-chosen quotes appear in oversize, swirling fonts, and the nuanced digital illustrations provide period details. Age-appropriate resources about this remarkable woman are scarce, which is a shame, because Perkins' story is compelling. The book's presentation is appealing, the content is suitable for reading aloud, and the back matter and list of sources will be appreciated by researchers. This is a fitting tribute for an inspirational role model. Grades 1-4. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Kathleen Krull is the author of No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader, as well as A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull; Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought); The Only Woman in the Photo; and other acclaimed biographies for young readers. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at

Alexandra Bye is a freelance illustrator specializing in fun, colorful illustrations for a variety of media such as editorial and children&;s publications. Her work is constantly inspired by her flourishing New England community and reflects the energy and dynamic personality of home town pride. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, Nordic ski racing, Jiu Jitsu, studying nutritional therapy, and hiking in the White Mountains with her dog, Oliver.

Subject: Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965.
United States. Department of Labor > Officials and employees > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965.
United States. Department of Labor.
Women cabinet officers > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Women social reformers > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
New Deal, 1933-1939 > Juvenile literature.
Cabinet officers > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Social reformers > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Cabinet officers.
New Deal, 1933-1939.
Social reformers.
Women cabinet officers.
Women social reformers.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.
Juvenile works.

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