by Christine McDonnell, illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov
"Justice is not three hots and a cot. Justice is having your own key." -- Kip Tiernan
When Kip Tiernan was growing up during the Great Depression, she'd help her granny feed the men who came to their door asking for help. As Kip grew older, and as she continued to serve food to hungry people, she noticed something peculiar: huddled at the back of serving lines were women dressed as men. At the time, it was believed that there were no women experiencing homelessness. And yet Kip would see women sleeping on park benches and searching for food in trash cans. Kip decided to open the first shelter for women -- a shelter with no questions asked, no required chores, just good meals and warm beds. With persistence, Kip took on the city of Boston in her quest to open Rosie's Place, our nation's first shelter for women.
Christine McDonnell, a former educator at Rosie's Place, and illustrator Victoria Tentler-Krylov bring warmth to Kip Tiernan's story of humanity and tenacity, showing readers how one person's dream can make a huge difference, and small acts of kindness can lead to great things.
Target age: 7 to 10
"At each stage of Kip's journey, illustrations capture the mood... A worthy social justice story about a compassionate woman who dedicated her life to helping others." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Author Christine McDonnell, who has taught English to immigrants at Rosie's Place, adeptly conveys the narrative arc of Tiernan's life... Victoria Tentler-Krylov's atmospheric illustrations draw readers into Tiernan's surroundings with immediacy and emotion... This thoughtful book conveys a powerful, important message: 'When you listen to others, you show respect; you learn who they are and what they need.'" -- BookPage
About the Contributors:
Christine McDonnell is the author of many books for young readers, including When the Babies Came to Stay, illustrated by Jeanette Bradley, and Goyangi Means Cat, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. She is a longtime teacher and librarian and has taught English to immigrant women at Rosie's Place. She lives in Boston.
Victoria Tentler-Krylov is a practicing architect and editorial illustrator with art published in the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe. Her picture books include The Cyclops of Central Park by Madelyn Rosenberg and Just Read! by Lori Degman, and she is the author-illustrator of Building Zaha: The Story of Architect Zaha Hadid. Originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia, she now lives just outside of Boston.