Tuesday, February 05, 2013

BRAVE GIRL by Michelle Markel

At Cover to Cover the other day, Beth handed me a stack of books she thought I'd like (She's nice like that:-)  One of the books was one I knew I had to have once I saw the cover. BRAVE GIRL:  CLARA AND THE SHIRTWAIST MAKERS' STRIKE OF 1909 Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Mellissa Sweet.

This is a great picture book biography about young Clara Lemlich who fought the working conditions  and led the largest walkout of women workers in US history.

I loved the story. It brings an important issue to a level that young children can understand without taking away the seriousness of it.  It is also a story of a person we don't read about often, but who made a huge impact on our world.

I have been trying hard to figure out how to make our upcoming government unit more accessible to my 4th graders. Such big concepts. Books like this seem to be perfect in helping kids understand democracy, the constitution and how laws are made/change/etc.
Looking forward to sharing this one with kids.


  1. Thanks for the lovely review. Your classroom ideas are just what I'd hoped for. FYI, the publisher has created a meaningful teaching guide, which should be downloadable soon.

  2. Sounds wonderful Franki. I took my students to NYC a few years ago, & we studied & visited the shirtwaist factory. It would have been great to have had the book then.

  3. Some truly awesome illustrations in this one!


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