Dangerous Jane: the Life and Times of Jane Addams, Crusader for Peace

Suzanne Slade (Author) Alice Ratterree (Illustrator)


Jane's heart ached for the world, but what could she do to stop a war?
This energetic and inspiring picture book biography of activist Jane Addams focuses on the peace work that won her the Nobel Peace Prize. From the time she was a child, Jane's heart ached for others. At first the focus of her efforts was on poverty, and lead to the creation of Hull House, the settlement house she built in Chicago. For twenty-five years, she'd helped people from different countries live in peace at Hull House. But when war broke out, Jane decided to take on the world and become a dangerous woman for the sake of peace.
Suzanne Slade's powerful text written in free verse illuminates the life of this inspiring figure while Alice Ratterree's stunning illustrations bring Jane Addams and her world to life.

Product Details

Peachtree Publishing Company
Publish Date
October 01, 2017
9.8 X 0.3 X 11.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Suzanne Slade is the award-winning author of over one hundred children's books. She lives in Illinois.
Alice Ratterree's work has been featured in greeting cards, children's books, and original paintings and drawings. Also an accomplished classically trained singer, Alice has appeared as a soloist in opera, concert, and oratorial venues. She lives in South Carolina.


"A straightforward introduction to the dedication and purpose of an American heroine."
"Slade continues her line of outstanding nonfiction picture books with her latest offering, about Jane Addams.... This short biography emphasizes the value of doing what is right despite criticism.... In Slade's and Ratterree's hands, Addams's legacy shines brightly for the next generation of advocates.... A stirring addition to any school or public library's biography section."
"An inspiring testament to the power of activism.... An afterword and timeline round out a solid introduction to a woman who 'kept doing what she'd always done: helping people. No matter where they were from. No matter what others thought. No matter the cost.'"
"Slade tells the purposively inspiring story with a poetic flair, and Ratterree's pale, evocatively washed-out watercolor illustrations are richly detailed... An attractive volume introducing an important American to young readers."