The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom by Katherine Arnoldi
Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009
Told in drawings, comic book style, this book chronicles the period of Arnoldi’s life between the birth of her daughter and her enrollment in college. Arnoldi’s purpose was simply “to help single moms feel worthy to pursue their rights to an equal access education and provide them with the information to do that.” What I appreciate about the book, however, is that is shows a recipient of public assistance using that assistance to make a better life for herself and her child. So while at the beginning of the story Arnoldi fits the stereotype of a welfare mother, by the end she’s working hard and will assumedly soon be a taxpaying citizen supporting the same programs that made her education possible.