Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Nonfiction Wednesday Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' strike of 1909

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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909
by Michelle Markel
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Published in 2013 by Balzer and Bray
32 pages
Format: Picture book
Genre: Nonfiction
Disclosure: Book obtained from library
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Ukranian immigrant Clara Lemich and her family have come to the US in search of a better life. Clara becomes a garment worker, sewing shirts with 300 other girls and women.  The working conditions are horrible, the hours are long and the pay is terrible. This was not the life Clara imagined she would have in America so she decided to do something about it. Through perseverance and determination, Clara works to get New York Garment workers to go on strike.  The strike succeeded in making hundreds of bosses raise pay, shorten work weeks and improve working conditions.  

My Thoughts
Clara is a fantastic example of girl power! She exhibits the qualities of determination and grit. The book contains very nice watercolor and mixed media illustrations.  I just love the message that one girl can make such a difference. 

Use this book....
In a biography unit.
As part of a history unit of the Industrial Revolution
To discuss strong female characters.
To discuss immigration. 

Possible Companion Texts

   Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larsen. Another feisty shirtmaker. 

Article written by Clara- Primary resource
Fact Monster-Industrial Revolution

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