Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909
But that did not stop Clara.
She went to night school, spent hours studying English, and helped support her family by sewing in a factory.
Clara never quit. And s ...more
Although Michelle Markel's Brave Girl: Clara Lemlich and the Shirtwaist Makers does indeed and certainly provide a very meticulously researched and enlightening general introduction to both the Shirtwaist Makers Strike of 1909 and also to the horrible and often incredibly dangerous working conditio ...more
We first meet Clara as she is arriving in the United ...more
This is a nicely written book by Michelle Markel with plenty of sentence variety to serve well as a mentor text for the younger reader. Creative uses of punctuation could serve as an introduction to the tricky nuances of the em dash. Varying sentence lengths could also serve well introduced in the Writer's Workshop with ...more
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 is a well-researched (it has a full-page bibliography at the end of the book) and engagingly written picturebook. But although the subject of the book and its heroine are inspiring, Michelle Markel's story seems a little bit simplistic and its tone is overly optimistic, and thus I was left mostly unmoved after reading it.
I appreciate the additional information about the garment industry at the end of the book; however, as ap ...more
“And maybe what’s good gets a little bit better
And maybe what’s bad gets gone”
-- David Shire/Norman Gimbel (1979)
“A Wisconsin judge on Friday struck down a state law passed last year that ended most collective-bargaining rights for many public-employee unions, saying the law violates constitutional rights ...more
Very well written text reveals some of the most shocking atrocities young girls faced in the factories yet shines an ever powerful light on Clara's uncrushable spirit. Mixed media artwork is incredible. The pictures give the book a scrapbook feel as though readers are being told a story that has been passed down fr ...more
The illustrations are superb. Lots of tiny stitches and fabric close-ups with enough detail to see the weaves in the fabric swatches.
LOVED this book, and so glad Clara is now part of the ...more
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The inspiring true story of Clara Lemlich, a young immigrant girl who led the biggest strike of women workers in U.S. history
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This is an excellent historical non-fiction biography book for every child to read, but especially so to show little girls what a brave girl can make in a difference in the world and every on ...more
Clara and her family immigrated to New York. They were searching for the American dream. When her father could not find a job, Clara quit school and became a garment worker to support her family. The conditions at her factory were appalling: low wages, unfair rules, and locks on the door. After discussions between the workers, Clara helps urge the girls to fight for their rights.
I am sucker for this biographical picture book for two reasons ...more
I love that Clara is the one who proposes a general strike (the small strikes haven't been effective, because the bosses keep findin ...more
Clara may have been one of thousands and thousands of young garment workers in New York City and throughout the country, but Clara was also smart and ambitious. So she signed up for nigh ...more
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Hello, friends! Today’s book is Brave Girl: Clara And The Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike Of 1909, written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, a picture book biography of Clara Lemlich, one of the organizers of a massive protest of garment workers at the turn of the century.
To look at Clara Lemlich when she arrived in New York City, she wouldn’t have looked like much: five feet tall, ...more
Rationale: I just got both of these books this morning (took a bit longer to arrive than I had planned) My class has been talking about equal rights and discrimination among the races but I was also looking for books that would explain discrimination based on gender as well. Both Brave Girl and Marching with Aunt Susan focused on this aspect ...more
The st ...more
Clara was exactly what the title suggests: a brave girl who wanted to improve her own situation as well as the lives of those around her. At the time, garment workers were often young women (even girls, some as young as 6). They worked long hours. They were l ...more
That's where the flaw in the book comes in. The drawings in the book should have included images of policem ...more
Although many picture books have been published about the civil rights era, few have been published about the ...more