Monday, December 21, 2020

ROSIE: Stronger Than Steel by Lindsay Ward.  New York: Two Lions, 2020. 48p. ISBN 978-1542017947 hc. $17.99 Gr. K-3 E PIC

Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at World War II, especially the women who went to 
work in American factories, along with those in England who were recruited to provide 
food for their countrymen, while being blockaded by the German army.  In a Detroit factory, 
Rosie the tractor was being built to work on English farms, plowing the fields for new crops.  
After four long years of working farm fields with the Land Girls, Rosie's work came to an 
end, as did the war.  The Author's Note at the back of the book is packed with information 
about the women who assisted the war effort from their own hometowns.  The illustrations 
are mostly browns and greens, the colors of plants and soil, as well as military uniforms, but
interspersed with pops of color to depict the determined spirit of the workers.  Ward brings 
a new perspective to World War II with information about "Rosie-the-Riveter" and The Land
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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