Published by Candlewick
Summary: Tammy Duckworth’s father worked for the UN, and she grew up all over southeast Asia. She knew she was American, though, and dreamed of a life of service to her country. After graduating from college, she joined the Illinois Army National Guard as a unit commander. Her three-year commitment was up when the US declared war on Iraq. Although Tammy opposed the war, she didn’t want to leave her unit, so she got permission to extend her service and went to Iraq. While flying a helicopter there, she was hit by a grenade and lost both of her legs. Her military career was over, but she wanted to continue to serve, particularly her fellow veterans. In 2012, she was elected to the House of Representatives, and in 2016, to the Senate. She became the first Thai American woman and the first female amputee in Congress, as well as the first Senator to give birth while in office. And I’m happy to report that just a few days ago she became the first Illinois woman to be reelected to the Senate. Includes a timeline, a list of projects Senator Duckworth has worked on, and additional resources. 48 pages; grades 1-5.
Pros: In her fourth book this year, Christina Soontornvat relates the story of fellow Thai American Tammy Duckworth’s inspiring life of service. The appealing illustrations help tell the story, and the back matter makes this an excellent book for research.
Cons: I wish I had read this just a day early to get it on the blog for Veteran’s Day.