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Young Clara stands up for equal rights for all women in the garment industry at the beginning of the 20th century. 3.5 out of 5 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 3.5 out of 5 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 aptly noted by another reviewer on Goodreads, the last sentence Though there are still wrongs to be righted, today s workers have five day workweeks, overtime pay, and other protections due in great part to labor leaders like Clara Lemlich and the thousands of brave girls who picketed in the winter of 1909 perpetuates the myth that all the injustices have been righted, while in fact they simply moved overseas to such countries as China, India, and Bangladesh.The best part of Brave Girl is Mellisa Sweet s mixed media collage illustrations, which are literally sewn together piece by piece and decorated with various stitched fabrics Also, look at these rows of workers who look like rows of stitches themselves brilliant #EPUB ê Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 ⚸ 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 story of Clara Lemlich and the Shirtwaist Maker s Strike of 1909 We are, of course, not going to miss the instantaneous ladders to FLESH AND BLOOD SO CHEAP, right, friends 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 The story of Clara Lemlich and the Shirtwaist Maker s Strike of 1909 We are, of course, not going to miss the instantaneous ladders to FLESH AND BLOOD SO CHEAP, right, friends 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 BRAVE GIRL as a mentor text.The story of Clara Lemlich here could be readily paired with the picture book coming out soon by Tanya Lee Stone, WHO SAYS WOMEN CANNOT BE DOCTORS But the star of this show is certainly the illustrations by Melissa Sweet From the rows and rows of workers seen from above that seems to become a row of stitches Houses and buildings stack on top of each other like quilt squares to suggest crowded living conditions There are mixed media treats throughout the book like this Some of the illustrations actually look as though they have been sewn into the book Of course, Sweet selects from a number of textures and patterns, including a banker s note turned on its side to become a building in a city scape.But my favorite image of all is the one at the end of the book with Clara, whose back is to the reader, looking out over the bay to gaze at the Statue of Liberty In an image such as this, we are able to see the same love for place that we saw in Balloons Over Broadway.I humbly suggest that we get at least one Melissa Sweet illustrated title each year as they are just a joy to look through Well done The book is slightly overwrought at times, but engaging and solidly written My biggest issue with it is the last sentence of its back matter Though there are still wrongs to be righted, today s workers have five day workweeks, overtime pay, and other protections due in great part to labor leaders like Clara Lemlich and the thousands of brave girls who picketed in the winter of 1909 It sounds completely innocent, until you remember that the conditions Clara Lemlich and the other strikers wer The book is slightly overwrought at times, but engaging and solidly written My biggest issue with it is the last sentence of its back matter Though there are still wrongs to be righted, today s workers have five day workweeks, overtime pay, and other protections due in great part to labor leaders like Clara Lemlich and the thousands of brave girls who picketed in the winter of 1909 It sounds completely innocent, until you remember that the conditions Clara Lemlich and the other strikers were picketing have not, in fact, been righted They ve just moved oversees to countries like Bangladesh, China, India, and the Philippines, where very similar working conditions have been documented within the last ten years It s irresponsible in any book on labor to overlook that kind of problem, particularly when most of this book s readers will be wearing clothing made under exactly the conditions its hero so courageously protested I m not saying that the book should diminish the accomplishments of the American labor movement, but it shouldn t contribute to the childhood myth that all injustice is in the past, either Richie s Picks BRAVE GIRL CLARA AND THE SHIRTWAIST MAKER S STRIKE OF 1909 by Michelle Markel and Melissa Sweet, ill, HarperCollins Balzer Bray, January 2013, 32p., ISBN 978 0 06 180442 7 And maybe what s good gets a little bit betterAnd 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 Richie s Picks BRAVE GIRL CLARA AND THE SHIRTWAIST MAKER S STRIKE OF 1909 by Michelle Markel and Melissa Sweet, ill, HarperCollins Balzer Bray, January 2013, 32p., ISBN 978 0 06 180442 7 And maybe what s good gets a little bit betterAnd 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 of freedom of speech and equal protection A spokesman for Republican Governor Scott Walker, who introduced the law as his signature initiative one week after taking office in January 2011, said he was confident the decision would be overturned The spokesman criticized Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas, calling him a liberal activist who wants to go backwards and take away the law making responsibilities of the legislature and the governor The Wall Street Journal, September 14, 2012Now, go back 100 years Companies are hiring thousands of immigrant girls to make blouses, coats, nightgowns, and other women s clothing They earn only a few dollars a month, but it helps pay for food and rent So instead of carrying books to school, many girls carry sewing machines to work Clara becomes a garment worker From dawn to dusk, she s locked up in a factory Rows and rows of young women bend over their tables, stitching collars, sleeves, and cuffs as fast as they can Hurry up, hurry up, the bosses yell Ratatatatat, hisses Clara s machine The sunless room is stuffy from all the bodies crammed inside There are two filthy toilets, one sink, and three towels for three hundred girls to share BRAVE GIRL is the story of young Clara Lemlich who immigrated with her parents to New York from Eastern Europe in 1903 While slaving elbow to elbow with young women in the garment factory all day and then studying English in school at night, Clara also became involved in organizing the other garment workers and, six years after arriving in New York, she instigated the largest walkout of women workers in U.S history In the process, she was beaten resulting in six broken ribs and repeatedly arrested It was, of course, because of the labor movement and the strikes that organized labor necessarily staged, that workers eventually swayed public sentiment, forcing government to enact laws requiring eight hour work days, five day work weeks, workman s compensation, overtime pay, and the many other substantive changes promoting worker health, safety, and economic justice that have come into being over the century since Clara was risking her life in order to improve conditions in those sweatshops The next morning, New York City is stunned by the sight of thousands of young women streaming from the factories One newspaper calls it an army Others call it a revolt It s a revolt of girls, for some are only twelve years old I m thinking that we can look at this great picture book for older readers in one of two ways We can scratch the surface and see this as an upbeat story about a real life spunky girl who is a great model for young women a Women s History Month precursor of Norma Rae Fergie Hillary Or we can dig deeper and view this book as a good entry point to the complicated and ongoing tale of organized labor, an important topic for middle school kids who may well be on the cusp of their first taste of unions when they get their first after school or summer job , and who are soon enough going to become voters deciding upon the future of collective bargaining, worker safety, social security, and so many other issues that affect the day to day lives of millions and millions of Americans.Since well before Clara Lemlich s time, there has always been the constant tug of war between labor and management I was just reading online about a successful strike in Wisconsin way back in 1848 Or we might view it as a pendulum where sentiment swings back and forth as labor and management seek to gain advantage by vilifying one another in the public s eye These issues are or should be a significant aspect of social studies And BRAVE GIRL offers a great first step toward understanding what is at stake.Richie Partington, MLISRichie s Picks A picture book biography about Clara Lemlich, the brave strike organizer that worked hard to improve working conditions for the young women employed in the garment industry factories 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 A picture book biography about Clara Lemlich, the brave strike organizer that worked hard to improve working conditions for the young women employed in the garment industry factories 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 from generation to generation in a family I loved the stitchery that acts as a border around many of the illustrations The overall effect for me was that of viewing a story quilt as each stitched picture resembled a snapshot of an important moment around which the story is based A two page spread givinginformation about the garment industry follows the story and helps drive home the message that one brave girl made great strides in improving a flawed system and workers today are still reaping the benefits of her efforts A selected bibliography is also included REVIEW OF THE KINDLE EDITION and yes, the Kindle edition does seem to have a slightly different book title and the font sizes are definitely and once again a bit too annoyingly small for easy reading 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 REVIEW OF THE KINDLE EDITION and yes, the Kindle edition does seem to have a slightly different book title and the font sizes are definitely and once again a bit too annoyingly small for easy reading 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 conditions which made this strike both necessary and also at least in my opinion absolutely justifiable and laudable in every conceivable way, with the full page bibliography at the back of Brave Girl Clara Lemlich and the Shirtwaist Makers being a very much appreciated added bonus and not to mention that the additional presented details about the garment industry also and definitely does very much expand on Clara Lemlich s personal story and as such also renders Brave Girl Clara Lemlich and the Shirtwaist Makers muchuniversal in scope and not simply the account of one girl s bravery and courage to stand up for workers rights and for better and less dangerous working conditions , the story itself, Michelle Markel s printed words, while indeed and certainly sufficiently inspiring and engaging, they have also felt just a trifle too simplistic, and with a to and for me generally overly optimistic tone of narrative voice And yes, this inherent, unrelenting and always very much present in Brave Girl Clara Lemlich and the Shirtwaist Makers optimism is why I have as an older andcritical reader not been quite as lastingly inspired by Clara Lemlich s recounted story as I had thought I would be from the book title For really, I just do not think that Michelle Markel has with and in her featured text ever sufficiently demonstrated and shown the always present dangers and threats that Clara Lemlich and the other striking shirtwaist makers were constantly facing due to their job actions not just possible dismissal, but also and muchimportantly so, the potential of being injured or even killed by the police, by the authorities , so that indeed, this all encompassing over optimism and positivity just does not really sit all that well with me, as Brave Girl Clara Lemlich and the Shirtwaist Makers should also and totally show and remind readers or listeners and intensely, passionately, descriptively so that Clara Lemlich was most definitely playing a very dangerous but nevertheless also totally and necessarily so game with her job actions and her advocating for and leading the Shirtwaist Makers Strike And further, the last sentence of the main textual body of Brave Girl Clara Lemlich and the Shirtwaist Makers makes it appear as though ALL workers now enjoy safe working conditions and the like, and this is sadly not yet the case either and on a global level Combined with the fact that while I do tend to usually very much enjoy Melissa Sweet s artwork, in her accomapying illustrations for Brave Girl Clara Lemlich and the Shirtwaist Makers, I have on a visual and aesthetic level often found Sweet s pictorial renderings of human figures and indeed in particular of Clara Lemlich kind of strangely proportioned with in particular Clara Lemlich appearing as though she is from her facial features and her clothing considerably older than she is textually described by Michelle Markel as being and sometimes looking almost a bit dwarf like , albeit that I do still highly and very much enthusiastically and warmly recommend Brave Girl Clara Lemlich and the Shirtwaist Makers, for me, three stars is the absolute maximum rating I will consider even though my rating is definitely a high three stars, is actuallylike three and a half stars if half stars were allowed on Goodreads Get a jump on Women s History Month with this new picture book about Clara Lemlich, a remarkable 20th century labor leader Picture books about early 20th century Jewish women labor leaders are not exactly published every day in the picture book universe, so I was especially eager to read this new work, illustrated by award winning illustrator Melissa Sweet, about Clara Lemlich, best known for organizing the shirtwaist makers strike of 1909 We first meet Clara as she is arriving in the United Get a jump on Women s History Month with this new picture book about Clara Lemlich, a remarkable 20th century labor leader Picture books about early 20th century Jewish women labor leaders are not exactly published every day in the picture book universe, so I was especially eager to read this new work, illustrated by award winning illustrator Melissa Sweet, about Clara Lemlich, best known for organizing the shirtwaist makers strike of 1909 We first meet Clara as she is arriving in the United States, part of the mass of immigrants But Clara is different she s got grit, and she s going to prove it Look out, New York Social justice is an overriding theme of this book, and we see through Clara s eyes the injustices of life in early 20th century America for the impoverished immigrants This was not the America she d imagined Girls are hired to make blouses for a few dollars a month, wages desperately needed to help support their families Markel vividly describes the factories in just a few words only two toilets, one sink, and three towels for 300 girls to share, and better not be a few minutes late or bleed on a piece of cloth if you ve pricked your finger or you ll lose half a day s pay or even be fired But little Clara Lemlich is not one to sit back and take it She organizes strikes, and despite being arrested repeatedly, and beaten, she is not easily silenced But she realizes that a general strike of all the garment workers is what s needed to make the bosses stand up and take notice, and at a union meeting, she calls for women to launch the largest walk out ever Clara is the leader of the Revolt of the Girls, as the newspapers call it And eventually the owners meet some of their demands, including a shortened work week and better wages Markel ends her elegie to Lemlich on a hopeful note, emphasizing how Clara s actions helped thousands of workers proving that in America, wrongs can be righted, warriors can wear skirts and blouses, and the bravest hearts may beat in girls only five feet tall An afterword provides further details about the history of the garment industry, and the role of Jewish immigrants in the business Strangely enough, Clara is never identified as Jewish in the main text of the book, although she is shown shouting in Yiddish for a general strike Back matter also includes a selected bibliography of general and primary sources I would have also liked to have seen something on Clara Lemlich s later life For example, she continued advocating for the oppressed her entire life, even helping to organize nursing home orderlies in the retirement home where she spent the end of her life Melissa Sweet s remarkable illustrations integrate the garment industry in a very literal fashion into her depiction of Clara s life She uses watercolor, gouache, and mixed media, and pieces of fabric and sewing machine stitching are front and center in nearly every illustration Some of the illustrations are particularly moving, including the one in which rows and rows of factory workers are shown from directly above, with the hundreds of girls appearing faceless and indistinct from each other like cogs in a wheel I also loved the girl power illustration of Clara calling for a general strike Sweet depicts Clara from behind, with hundreds of people in the audience raising their fists in solidarity and with her call for a strike in an oversized text balloon, with the word Strayk or strike in bright red lettering This is a must have for anyone interested in exposing their children to important issues and people in the social justice movement, as well as outstanding women in history, those who chose to try to make a difference in an era when women were encouraged to make their dominion at home