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Suffrage, Cows and Taxes

January 19, 2012

The Taxing Case of Cows
a True Story about Suffrage

written by Iris Van Rynbach and Pegi Deitz Shea, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
Clarion Books, 2010
non-fiction picture book

Sisters, Abby and Julia Smith, live in the late 1800s when it still wasn’t legal for women to vote. Because of this, they refuse to pay  property taxes. The town takes their cows to sell at auction to pay for their back taxes. But, the sisters still refuse to pay. At the auction, the sisters buy back the cows cheap.  Back and forth go the cows over the years. The sisters tour the U.S. giving speeches about women’s rights.

It’s a simple, clear story line which gives the reader a good understanding of these two determined, heroic women.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2013 3:59 am

    Done in a picture book style, the author does a great job of showing two ladies that did big things back in the day. Two spinster sisters find themselves being discriminated against by their town council when it comes to paying their taxes. The two sisters end up losing their beloved cows to pay off their taxes but keep fighting back. Based on a true story, this is a great book to show young readers how times have changed and now everyone has the right to vote for their voice.

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