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Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters

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Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters

Jeannine Atkins, an amazing woman who writes about amazing women, has come out with another new book that brings light to three incredible well-known women and their daughters. Atkins teaches writing at Simmons College and teaches children’s literature at University of Massachusetts Amherst. According to her website, she writes every morning in her window seat. BORROWED NAMES: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and their Daughters joins FINDING WONDERS: Three Girls Who Changed Science, LITTLE WOMAN IN BLUE, STONE MIRRORS: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis, and a list of many other books Jeannine Atkins has written. Atkins currently resides in Western Massachusetts.

"I loved BORROWED NAMES...so, so much....Each girl’s relationship with her mother is subtly woven into the story and has a definite impact on each daughter’s story...."

With mostly poetry and the teensiest bit of prose, Jeannine Atkins goes through the details of each daughter’s life from childhood to adolescence to adulthood in BORROWED NAMES. Each daughter leads their own unique but similar interesting and significant life full of lessons and each daughter has her own unique but similar beautiful and sometimes complicated relationship with their famous mother. BORROWED NAMES details the lives of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane, Madam C.J. Walker and A’lelia Walker, and Marie Curie and Irène Joliot-Curie.

I loved BORROWED NAMES: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and their Daughters so, so much. This book reminded me about everything I loved about my mom and will make everyone want to hug his or her mom. However, one of the great things BORROWED NAMES does is that this tells Rose’s story, A’leila’s story and Irène’s story. Each girl’s relationship with her mother is subtly woven into the story and has a definite impact on each daughter’s story, but this is the daughters’ stories --- and each daughter’s story stands on her own.

Rose’s travels and adventures are just as interesting her times at home. A’leila’s story is just as incredible as her mother’s. And it’s clear that Irène is just as smart as her mother and also her own person. The poetry --- like the stories it portrays --- is absolutely beautiful. I have never read Jeannine Atkins before, but after reading BORROWED NAMES: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and their Daughters I cannot wait until I can read another one of her books. This book is definitely one of my favorites that I read this month and will probably be one of my favorite books for this entire year!

BORROWED NAMES: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and their Daughters is perfect for any feminist out there. If you love reading about amazing strong women this book is perfect for you! Also, if you love poetry and really can appreciate its beauty or if you want to start getting into poetry, read BORROWED NAMES. Like I said before, the poetry is beautiful to the point where it’s almost calming to read this book. Also, if you’re looking ahead and want to get a great Mother’s Day gift for your mom, give her BORROWED NAMES.

Reviewed by Rebecca D., Teen Board Member on February 14, 2018

Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters
by Jeannine Atkins