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The Bobbin Girl

by Emily Arnold McCully

Published by Dial, 1996
32 pages
ISBN: 0-8037-1828-4

Ages 8 - 11

Ten-year-old Rebecca Putney has to stand on a box to reach the company ledger and sign her name after working all week with other girls and women in a New England textile mill in the 1830s. Rebecca is less naive than she might appear because innocence disappeared quickly in a workplace replete with injustices, injuries, and 12-hour work days. Loosely basing the story on the well-documented childhood experiences of Harriet Hanson Robinson, McCully focuses on the Lowell mill workers' first strike in Lowell, Massachusetts. Watercolors and pastels illustrate each page of a picture book story replete with written and visual historical details. A page of historical information concludes the book. CCBC categories: Historical People, Places and Events; Easy Fiction.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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