Synopses & Reviews
Pioneering North Woods doctor Kate Pelham Newcomb comes to life in this addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers. Born in 1885, Kate Pelham was suppose to grow up to be a proper young lady in Boston, but despite her father's wishes she was determined to be a doctor. After medical school, her husband's health brought them to the clean air of northern Wisconsin and before long Kate knew every back road and cabin in the North Woods. She visited patients by snowmobile, by canoe, and by snowshoe and never sent a bill. Instead she was paid in firewood and vegtables.
But what Kate dreamed of more than anything for her patients was a hospital. And that's when the kids of the community got involved. They set out to collect a million pennies - $10,000 - to help Dr. Kate build a hospital. As the news spread, coins poured in from countries across the globe. Students carted bushels of pennies, and Dr. Kate read thousands of letters cheering on her effort. Her dream came true in 1954 when the Lakeland Memorial Hospital opened its doors. Young readers will warm to Kate's spirit of compassion and never-say-never attitude.
2009 Finalist in the Juvenile Non-fiction Category from ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award
2010 Finalist in the Children’s Non-Fiction Category from National Indie Excellence Awards
2010 Finalist in the Children’s Non-Fiction Category from USA National Best Book Awards
Dr. Kate: Angel on Snowshoes tells the story of Dr. Kate Pelham, a pioneering woman doctor trained in the early 20th century who made her home and lively practice in the northwoods of Wisonsin. In the 1950s with the help of her local community, she raised money for a much-needed hospital penny by penny--over $100,000, or several millions of pennies.
About the Author
Rebecca Wojahn is an elementary school library media specialist in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She is the author of several books for children, including Evan Early and the Follow That Food Chain series, and has written articles for LibrarySparks, Book Links, School Library Journal and the Children's Literature Network.