Kamala Harris was an activist from an early age and was raised with strong values of justice and equality. Accompanying her parents on civil rights marches, she developed a clear sense of right and wrong. When a friend was being treated badly, Kamala not only helped her but decided that she wanted to become a lawyer so that she could help others in need. This was just the start of an incredible journey that would lead to the grandest office of all…
Harris shot to world-wide fame when she became Joe Biden’s running-mate in the US presidential election and ultimately went on to become the first woman, first black and first Asian-American to serve as vice president. But there’s much more to this amazing lady than just serving as the vice president. Her life has been full of firsts and, growing up at a time when new opportunities were opening up for black people, she believed that she could do and be anything.
After graduating from Howard and practicing as a lawyer, she became the first person of colour to be elected as San Francisco’s district attorney, became California’s attorney general and when she was elected to the US senate she was the first Indian American to sit in its chambers. Kamala’s life of firsts wasn’t just about achieving her own goals but laying the path for others to follow. The book ends with the wonderful line, ‘The girl who dreamed of being the first to do many things, but always made sure she wasn't the last.’
It is a brilliant biography of an incredible women who has fought, and continues to fight, to make a difference and whose life epitomises what a worthwhile endeavour it is to help others. Harris is a strong, inspirational and powerful female role model for us all, but especially for young girls of whom Harris would love to follow in her footsteps. Her story will encourage all children to believe in what they can achieve and may even encourage some to peruse careers in public service, and who knows, a young reader may be become the next vice president or how about the first female president! Kamala Harris is proof that when you work hard and follow your dreams then anything is possible.
The story is told in short and simple sentence and is delightfully illustrated with bright and bold artwork. At the back of the the book there is a short overview of her life so far which includes key facts and dates and a historical timeline featuring photographs.
With thanks to Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for the copy that was received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 5+.