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The Bobbin Girl

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Rebecca Putney is a bobbin girl who helps support her struggling family by working all day in a hot, noisy cotton mill. Working conditions at the mill are poor, and there is talk of lowering the workers' wages. Rebecca's friend Judith wants to protest the pay cut--but troublemakers at the mill are dismissed. Does Rebecca have the courage to join the protest?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Dial Books
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Tina Smith
This was a really neat book about what it was like to be a working child during the Industrial Revolution. A 10yr old girl works as "Bobbin Girl" in a factory and witnesses injustice and illness and strikes, and learns the importance of standing up for your rights.

The art isn't what I would call super high quality, but it wasn't horrible. The story was a little long for youngers, but great for my 8 and 12 yr olds! We read this book while studying about the Industrial Revolution.
Olivia Lagore
Loosely based on a true story, The Bobbin Girl describes some of the poor working conditions in even the better factories in the 1830s. Seen through the eyes or Rebecca, a young factory worker, a group of women go on strike when their wages are cut. Although they do not win in the end, the end promises that they will try again.
Some of the book portrayed the lives of these young women as a bit too rosy, these are the more fortunate factory workers of the time, but despite this, the characters ar
I loved this book after just reading Lyddie! I expected to find quite a few things that were different from the two stories though, but almost all of it was the same! Even what the characters were going through was the same, with one trying to retaliate against the factory, one wanting to go to college, and one working there to pay her brother's way through college. I think it's a great picture book adaptation of the time that girls had to go through in the factories and paints a picture of what ...more
Davina Cuffee
1) Picture Book-Historical Fiction

2) After a decrease in pay was given to women at a Lowell mill, the women decided to turnout. The bobbin girl, Rebecca, decided to go along with the plan and soon finds out the turnout didn’t go as planned.

3a) Slow pace; Illustrations

3b) In my opinion, the beginning of a story must capture the reader’s attention, but that didn’t happen in the story. The main part of the book didn’t begin until halfway into the story. This slow pace can make readers become uninte
Sherry Thornberry
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Rebecca, a young bobbin girl, must work full time to help support her mother in the Lowell, Massachusetts “City of Spindles.” She sees her friends buckle under the strict and often unfair rules that give every advantage to the owner while the worker takes every risk. Following the example of one friend, Judith, Rebecca’s desire to stand up for the worker leads her to take an active role against a proposal to lower wages. The reader gets small details (the bells ruled the day), accumulating into ...more
Trudy E
This story is based on the memoirs of a young girl who was employed at the mill in Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1830's. It is a good introduction to the younger set about the working conditions in early America, and especially child labor. Nicely illustrated, it covers the first hints of labor strikes in an effort to bring about improved conditions in the workplace.
I really liked this story and ordered Loom and Spindle, which is the actual memoir.
See: Lyddie by Katherine Paterson for ya verson
Mrs Bond
Ten year old Rebecca works in a mill to help support her family. Recounts the details of her long day, 4:30am to 7pm. It seems that the women all have 'Lowell Fever,' a strong desire to read, learn and expand their minds. The money they earn at the mill is good and allows them pursue their intellectual goals. Goes into some detail about the harsh working conditions of the mill, and the fear of some women to stand up against it. Author's note includes facts that inspired this story.
Ryan D'angelo
The Bobbin Girl by Emily Arnold McCully is about the injustices suffered by the women who worked in the cotton mills of Massachusetts. This book is told from the perspective of a young female mill worker who describes these sufferings to the reader. In light of this information, I believe that this is a well written book that teachers could incorporate into a lesson on historical fiction or the era of industrialization.
Mrs. Tongate
Great secondary read aloud in Social Studies for the Industrial Revolution and to also bring in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of NYC.
A slightly fictionalized account of the first walk out in Lowell. A simple look at the origins of unions and workers rights.
Historically accurate about life for young girls while working in the textile mills.
A good introduction to the Industrial Revolution and the need for labor laws.
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Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.
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