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Lumber Jills: The Unsung Heroines of World War II

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  29 reviews
In World War II, Great Britain needed lumber to make planes, ships, and even newspapers—but there weren’t enough men to cut down the trees. Enter the fearless Lumber Jills! These young women may not have had much woodcutting experience, but they each had two hands willing to work and one stout heart, and they came together to do their part. Discover this lyrical story of h ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2019 by Albert Whitman Company
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Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I was reading 'The Last Garden' by Julia Kelly, one of the story lines involved a land girl during WW II. That reminded me of this book. With the country at war, there was a demand for many things that men usually did the work to provide. The men who usually did the jobs like farming, cutting down trees, driving ambulances, etc were serving in the armed forces. In stepped thousands of women volunteers to fill the gap. The Lumber Jills were one of these groups. I loved the full-color illustr ...more
Castle Spooktacular (Cassandra Woods)
A great account of the brave young British, American, and Canadian women who joined the little known WWII effort called the Women's Timber Corps. A group of over 4,000 girls worldwide cut down trees, drove trucks, trained horses, and became sawmill operators. Their work helped build telephone lines, bunker fences, crates, among other things that helped with the war effort. This story was a great reminder that there are always unsung heroes to be celebrated and that women are always ready and wil ...more
This book touches on the story of thousands of young women who volunteered to become lumber jills during World War II in Great Britain to help support the need of lumber for planes, ships, and other paper products while the male population were away fighting in the war.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lumber Jills by Alexandra Davis (illustrated by Katie Hickey) is an early/beginning reader book about the British women that filled the lumberjacks’ place during WWII. The prose is lyrical in nature and simple enough for a very early reader. Each page is beautifully illustrated and my favorite part of this book.

While I wished the story contained more history, I am not the intended audience. This book is meant to show young girls (target age of 5-7) that they can do anything a boy can do. This i
Jessica Furtado
I wish this picture book were a bit more informational. The author's note at the end gives a nice, concise history, but the story itself feels too abstract for children to follow. It is never really made clear to readers why the Lumber Jills work is necessary until the author's note give explanation. The rhythm of rhyming and repeated lines feels forced and out of place in this story. A more traditional non-fiction picture book format would have done the Lumber Jills better justice. The illustra ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture_books
I was looking forward to reading this story, but it just fell flat for me. I was so focused on the constant use of numbers ("Two loving parents smile and kiss their girl goodbye. Four sturdy brown boots running down the road. Sixteen train cars chugging up the tracks"), that I felt that it got in the way of the story; it just didn't work for me. However, at the end of Lumber Jills, there is a page that is entitled "About the Lumber Jills," which explains the history behind the Lumber Jills and h ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I pick this up because of the artwork, but the story doesn't make any sense. Numbers are used repeatedly throughout the story but in no pattern: 1, 2, 1; 1, 6, 2, 1; 1, 10, 47, 2, 1. There are occasional rhyming lines, but not regularly or in anything like a refrain throughout the story. It's not clear what parts of this young readers are supposed to connect to. The artwork is fantastic but I can't imagine what group or age group would find this useful. It has so little information inside the st ...more
n World War II, Great Britain needed lumber to make planes, ships, and even newspapers—but there weren’t enough men to cut down the trees. Enter the fearless Lumber Jills! These young women may not have had much woodcutting experience, but they each had two hands willing to work and one stout heart, and they came together to do their part. Discover this lyrical story of home front heroism and female friendship.
Linda B
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Green dominates this book's illustrations and brought home to me how important trees have always been to the earth and people. Learning how women gathered together to help in the war effort was well presented. How hard they worked was mentioned but not stressed. The willingness to work hard and keep each other on track was what I took away from the theme and I hope others will also. We do not often see books about "unsung" war heroes in quite this way. ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a really cute story that educates kids about tough women in history! Most of the stories told about war are focused on the male soldiers, and when they talk about women, they talk about how they stayed home and cooked, cleaned, and raised kids. I liked that this book took a different angle and focused on women who did essential manual labor, emphasizing that women can be just as tough as men!
Stephanie Croaning
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, picture-books
The text felt clunky and awkward. I could never figure out if there was a rhyme scheme, and the repetition of numbers seemed to detract from the flow of the story, without adding anything to the narrative.

There is an interesting About in the back of the book that provides more information about Lumber Jills, who could be found in Britain, the United States, and Canada.
Juliana Lee
'One pair of woolen socks pulled up to the knee'... is the refrain of this bouncy tale of the women who took over the lumberjack industry in America, Canada, and Great Britain during World War II. Fun to read and easy to follow their journey into the forest to harvest trees for the war effort. With 'two hands willing to work and one stout heart' each lumber Jill makes a difference! ...more
bet mercer
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The illustrations are fun and the writing/story is decent. The author's note at the beginning an "About the Lumber Jills" page at the end were way more interesting than the story, however. I wished more of the inspiring facts could've been included in the story--especially since so much of it is repetition of one or two lines. I definitely want to read more about the Lumber Jills now. ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DARLING illustrations that tell the story of the young women in Britain, Canada and America who served their countries during WWII; and explains the importance of their contribution. “They were not judges by their size or strength but by their enthusiasm, resilience, and good humor.” Yes 👊🏻
Olivia Gasca
This is such a cool story for kids to read because it proves that woman can do anything that men can do. This is also a very educational book for kids to read because it is a real story from World War II. Not only is it educational but it is a great story!
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved the idea of this book and the educational value. While I don't think it was the most interesting read, the content was extremely fascinating. I had never heard of Lumber Jills before and am thankful that I got a small taste for what they did through this book. ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this. I did enjoy the fact the choice of topic, the art, and the age at which it was targeted, but overall it fell short of what I was hoping for. Too much in the backmatter, not enough in the book.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I love these historical picture books.

1/8/20 Read with Julia.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fictional account of the real Lumber Jills.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such an interesting topic I’ve never heard about before. Really enjoyed the illustrations as well.
Maggie Mattmiller
Mar 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Like many others, I wish this book had more information, not just in the author's note. I don't think my students would follow this story, or even understand it as a story. I'm not sure I got it... ...more
Emily Geilman
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Informational Text - EL ED 340
I love that this book teaches about a lesser-known part of history! It’s simple enough for younger grades too which is great.
Some very intriguing WWII history
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved the illustrations and appreciated learning about the Lumber Jills and their contribution to the Allied effort during WWII, but I wasn't a huge fan of the prose-like text. ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! I loved how Alexandra Davis took such a complex topic and broke it down so that even a youngster can understand. Fascinating!
Lucy Elaine
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I love the artist
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
The illustrations on this are beautiful but the writing is lackluster. There's not a consistent rhythm or rhyme scheme within the book. ...more
Aubrie Mabe
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute story. Interesting history. Cute illustrations. A bit repetitive for no reason.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story!
Jennifer Beatson
rated it it was amazing
Jun 10, 2019
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