Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 (Picture Book) by Michelle Markel {Review}

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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 (Picture Book) by Michelle Markel {Review}Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel

Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
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Also by this author: Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead
ISBN: 0061804428
Genres: Juvenile Non-Fiction, Biography & Autobiography
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 22nd 2013
Pages: 32
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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When Clara Lemlich arrived in America, she couldn't speak English. She didn't know that young women had to go to work, that they traded an education for long hours of labor, that she was expected to grow up fast.

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 she never accepted that girls should be treated poorly and paid little.

So Clara fought back. Fed up with the mistreatment of her fellow laborers, Clara led the largest walkout of women workers in the country's history.

Clara had learned a lot from her short time in America. She learned that everyone deserved a fair chance. That you had to stand together and fight for what you wanted. And, most importantly, that you could do anything you put your mind to.

“In her simple but powerful text Markel shows how multiple arrests, serious physical attacks, and endless misogyny failed to deter this remarkable woman as she set off on her lifelong path as a union activist.” --The Horn Book

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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Understandably an award winner!

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 one’s lives. Clara Lemlich is one such example and reading through the fabulously illustrated pages of this picture book a reader can be impressed an proud of history and the changes we can make. The pictures are great, made up of water color as well as cut and paste and even sewing stitches on some pages gives it interest and texture that make one want to just really look and take it all in. In my humble opinion, it brings the idea of being a garment worker even more to life. This one is a winner and I will definitely want to get a real copy for our shelves.

Brave Girl Children's book review from the Shirtwaist Maker's Strike of 1909 Creative Madness Mama reviews Michelle Markel's Hillary Rodham Clinton picture book.

About Michelle Markel

Michelle Markel

Michelle Markel is a former freelance journalist whose essays and stories have appeared in several papers, including the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. After her two daughters were born, she started writing for young people. She has written a variety of picture books, including, most recently, Brave Girl, Tyrannosaurus Math, and The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau. Michelle is also a founding member of the Children’s Authors Network. She and her husband, an anthropologist, live in West Hills, CA, with their two sweet cats. You can visit her online at

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