I Could Do That! by Linda Arms White

I Could Do That!

Full of humor and spunk – just like Esther!"I could do that," says six-year-old Esther as she watches her mother making tea. Start her own business at the age of nineteen? Why, she could do that, too. But one thing Esther and other women could NOT do was vote. Only men could do that.With lively text and humorous illustrations as full of spirit as Esther herself, this striking picture book biography shows how one girl's gumption propels her thro...


Details I Could Do That!

TitleI Could Do That!
ISBN9780374335274
Author
Release DateSep 6th, 2005
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, History, Nonfiction, Biography, Feminism
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Reviews I Could Do That!

  • QNPoohBear
    2018-06-05
    This adorable picture book biography teaches girls they can do anything. In the 19th-century when girls were expected to sew and pour tea, Esther believed she could do that from a young age. As a middle-aged woman she traveled west and is credited with getting women the vote in Wyoming. The text is simple and tells a story. The can-do attitude is emphasized by repetitive phrases "I could do that" and "And she did." It helps associate the name wit...
  • Dolly
    2018-06-14
    Inspiring tale about a woman who did not allow nay sayers to get in her way and eventually proved "instrumental in gaining women's suffrage in Wyoming Territory." Not only that, but her list of accomplishments is quite long and impressive: store-owner, milliner, abolitionist, judge, as well as a wife and mother.The illustrations depict very expressive characters and I love how determined Esther appears throughout the book. The author's note and l...
  • Natasha
    2018-02-24
    We absolutley LOVED this book. It sends a great message to children and especially young girls. You can do ANYTHING--and let nothing or no one stop you. Esther Morris was a hero and we appreciate her contribution to women's rights.
  • Anna
    2013-12-08
    I Could Do That!: Ester Morris Gets Women the Vote / Linda White/ 2005Genre: Non-fictionFormat: picture bookPlot summary: In 1869, a woman whose "can-do" attitude had shaped her life was instrumental in making Wyoming the first state to allow women to vote, then became the first woman to hold public office in the United States.Considerations: none Review citation:School Library Journal, vol 51, issue 9" readers are given an appealing, inspiring s...
  • Anna Smith
    2016-11-22
    Summary: Esther Morris is a young girl that can do anything! She learns to clean and make tea! When her mother dies she takes care of her family! Esther opens up a hat shop and takes care of sick people after her husband dies. One day she decides it's about time she gets to vote! She invites two politicians to her home and makes her case! Soon after women have the right to vote!Grade: 1st-5thClassroom: historyIndividuals: girls that believe they ...
  • Thabata
    2016-11-10
    This Picture book on the story of Esther Hobart Morris (the first woman justice of the peace in the United States) is a joy for any woman or little girl. Although I recommend it for all, no matter age or gender, it is very special for a female to have this in her library or her hands, even if just for a while. It reaffirms capability and creation of possibility through imagination, perseverance, courage and intelligence. Much alike Tanya Lee Ston...
  • Christy
    2017-09-12
    "I could do that," says six-year-old Esther as she watches her mother making tea. Start her own business at the age of nineteen? Why, she could do that, too. But one thing Esther and other women could NOT do was vote. Only men could do that.With lively text and humorous illustrations as full of spirit as Esther herself, this striking picture book biography shows how one girl's gumption propels her through a life filled with challenges until, in 1...
  • Shelli
    2018-06-13
    Linda White and Nancy Carpenter beautifully created this informatively fun read for educators to share young readers and listeners. Esther Morris was a woman ahead of her time, she continually fought for what she knew was right - such as permitting the women of Wyoming to have an equal vote in their government. Her actions led to woman's suffrage in her home state a full 50 years before the passing of the 19th Amendment.
  • Jennifer
    2018-04-12
    A beautiful historical picture book about a woman I wish I’d known about when I was a kid. Amazing to learn she was the first successful U.S. suffragette, gaining the right of women to vote in Wyoming a full 50 years before the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote nationwide (and 23 years prior to the next state to do so - Colorado in 1893).
  • Viviane Elbee
    2017-09-04
    Very interesting book based on the true story of Esther Morris, the first female judge and the first woman in the United States to hold a political office. Apparently she was instrumental in getting Wyoming's women the right to vote.Kids enjoyed the story.
  • Gabriella Bumbaca
    2017-11-13
    Genre: Biographical NonfictionGrade: 4-6Review:I love the topic of this book and am glad there is a children's book about the women's right to vote. It is an important topic in history and this book gives great incite as to what it was like and how one person changed history.
  • Michael Kearney
    2017-09-23
    Great bio about a frontier woman who thought woman should be able to vote. i would be interested in a more detailed account.
  • Ms Threlkeld
    2018-02-13
    Very inspiring and entertaining!
  • Heather Gunnell
    2017-03-20
    Staff PickEsther Morris was not a woman who would be told what she could and could not do. I love reading about strong women from history who fought to bring about change.
  • Krysta McFarland
    2017-09-23
    This cute biography for grades 3-5 is a great one especially for girls. For me this book helped me remember that I can do anything that I set my mind to, and that girls can do anything boys can do. It was a great confidence booster even for me as an "adult" so I could see it being that and more for younger girls. I loved the way this was written and can honestly say that it is because of biography books like these that I have grown to love biogra...
  • Dedra
    2017-03-01
    I LOVED this book! It some great lines built in that will make it a really fun read aloud with a powerful message. Esther is inspiring!
  • Molly Fitzsimons
    2017-02-23
    This book is about a woman who doesn't let anything stand in her way. She has a desire to learn things and be involved in her community. She started her own business at a young age, fought for the abolition of slavery, and provided for her family. She wouldn't take no for an answer. Esher Morris not only got women the right to vote in Wyoming but became the first woman to hold public office in the country. This book can be great to teach children...
  • Margo Tanenbaum
    2011-03-03
    This delightful picture book tells the story of a pioneer for women's rights, Esther Morris, whose story was completely new to me. We first meet Esther as a determined six-year old, who meets each new challenge by piping up with the refrain, "I could do that," whether it's making tea, sewing, taking care of her younger brothers and sisters when her mother dies, or opening her own hat shop at a time when it was unusual for young women to own their...
  • Jill
    2017-02-14
    I'd never heard of Esther Morris until I read this book. My 6 year old daughter and I enjoyed learning about her life and the things that she did. A great book that may be especially relevant in this time when so many women are reportedly considering a run for office.
  • Melanie
    2011-09-30
    Esther Morris, nee McQuigg, believes she can do anything; and she does. She starts early and easy by learning how to pour tea at the age of 6. She moves onto sewing at 8, managing the family at 11 and earning her own living at 19. Her political activity began early as well. She stopped men trying to burn down her church for holding abolitionist meetings. When her first husband died, she moved herself and infant son to Illinois to claim her husban...
  • Maggie Mullis
    2015-10-09
    This book tells the story of Esther Morris, an influential woman in the fight for women's rights. We are introduced to 6 year old Esther, and see her accomplish many things throughout her life, like moving to Illinois by herself. Although she is able to do many things, there is one thing she cannot do. She can't vote. This leads her to fight for her right, and other women's rights, to vote. This biographical picture book explores many different t...
  • babyhippoface
    2008-02-22
    As a result of her determination and “can do” attitude, Esther Morris was instrumental in making Wyoming the first state to allow women the right to vote, and was the first woman to hold public office in the United States. Carpenter’s paintings delightfully bring the entertaining and inspiring picture book to life, juxtaposing Esther’s colorfully-clothed 6’ frame against the earthy colors and stuffy expressions of townsfolk who are clea...
  • (NS) Laura Jackson
    2009-11-08
    Esther Morris was a young woman who fought to get women’s right to vote. As a young girl, Esther had a “can do” attitude. When she watched her mother make tea as she was six years old, she decided that she could do that. When she was nineteen, she decided that she could own her own business. But before 1869, women could note vote, and Esther was not fond of this idea. Esther experienced many challenges in her life as she fought for women’...
  • Katherine Kim
    2014-08-03
    This book is a biography about Esther Morris, one of the most influential women in history to support women suffrage in Wyoming. Her story is an inspiration to many children, adults and especially women. The author repeats the phrase "I could do that" to express the passion and perseverance Esther had for equality despite the way society looked down on her. There is a great author's note at the end about the detailed facts on her life. I think an...
  • Leon Gray
    2010-07-20
    SS4H7 The student will examine the main ideas of the abolitionist and suffrage movements.A great book that details, the gender, and racial injustices in US history. This book could be used a supplemental text describe the life of Esther Morris. Describe the suffrage and inequalities that women faced. Write a positionality paper regarding the students stance, gender issues, what is fair, isn't fair and custom. Great book to get a woman's perspecti...
  • Ayana Mishelle
    2011-04-18
    This book is about 6 year old Esther Morris who watched her mother make tea in 1820 and said I could do that later she asked why girls could not be president . This book is great of 4th graders study of abolition I simply loved it a great hook and read a loud for students also can be used for critical literay to ask whose voice is not heard and for critical thinking the book is humorous and inspiring.Esther Morris was real person who wanted to he...