Picture Book Biography: Mary Walker Wears the Pants

At Wrapped In Foil this week we feature Mary Walker Wears the Pants: The True Story of the Doctor, Reformer, and Civil War Hero by Cheryl Harness and illustrated by Carlo Molinari, an excellent example of a picture book biography that introduces children (and many adults) to figures who haven’t been covered in standard history textbooks.


Back in the 1860s, Mary Walker was a figure who stood out. She was one of the first female doctors in the United States. To better perform her duties, she wore pants in a time when most women wore long dresses and even corsets. She even served as a physician during the Civil War and won the Medal of Honor!

Nonfiction Monday reviews of Mary Walker Wears the Pants can be found at:

True Tales and a Cherry on Top

NC Teacher Stuff

Ms. Yingling Reads

and of course, Wrapped in Foil


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