This slim book features full-page, color illustrations throughout, and the text quotes Seacole’s memoir to give the narrative the flavor of her era, personality, and experiences. It is a riveting story that deserves attention. Both biography and subject are unique and inspiring.
Pope’s digital illustrations follow Jeanette Winter’s tack: rounded, slightly naïve figures in simple compositions counterpoint the harsh complexities of the subject matter. Manageable length and smooth, direct narration bode well for classroom use, encouraging exploration of both contemporary racial attitudes and medical practice—as well as why a proper lady might attend a battle in her signature pearls.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Rubin sprinkles Seacole’s own words throughout the book, bringing in some of her larger-than-life personality. The text is longer than a typical picture-book biography, making this a good choice for readers who may be ready for but intimidated by chapter-book biographies. Pope’s illustrations have the difficult job of showing the devastating circumstances Seacole often finds herself in as a battlefield nurse, and his soft, cartoony watercolors deftly walk that line. Back matter includes source notes and a brief bibliography.
—The Horn Book