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Rosie: Stronger than Steel by [Lindsay Ward]

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“Cross-cultural feminist history goes down easy in this kid-friendly story. Factual details about female factory workers in the United States and the Women’s Land Army in England merge in this fictional tale of a sunny little tractor. Children too small to appreciate Ward’s deft melding of history and storytelling will still find much to enjoy…Ward’s art simultaneously anthropomorphizes Rosie and gives a sense of authenticity to her human figures. More than the sum of its parts, this is a wildly successful and well-researched shaping of the picture-book form to true historical sheroes.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This ‘little tractor that could’ sort of tale pays tribute to the iconic Rosie the Riveter persona from the US and the British Land Girls of the Women’s Land Army during WWII. Fans of Loren Long’s Otis, Virginia Lee Burton’s Katy, and like sturdy, dependable workhorses will welcome Rosie into the fold, but the historical perspective adds an unusual dimension to her story.” Booklist (starred review)

“Vocabulary is rich, and the younger set will appreciate the intermittent rhymes. The style of Ward’s colored pencil and cut-paper illustrations reflect the period of the tale. This historical fiction tale will serve better in a unit or lesson plan on women’s history theme than one on transportation.” School Library Journal

“Ward emphasizes the role that many women played during WWII in this cadenced story narrated by a big-eyed emerald tractor christened Rosie…If the war feels distant in Ward’s brightly abundant scenes of women at work, bright mixed-media art lends the book an appropriate air of nostalgia. An author’s note and timeline offer historic details.” Publishers Weekly

“The book has charming illustrations, as Rosie the Tractor seems to come to life.” —Historical Novel Society

From the Publisher

Just in time for the seventy-fifth anniversary of V-E Day comes a picture book unlike any I’ve ever read. It’s one part plucky vehicle story, one part World War II women’s history, and one part reminder about coming together when it counts the most.

Because it weaves historical context into an entertaining, rhythmically told tale, Rosie will appeal to kids at different ages and levels of understanding. For the very youngest, it may simply seem a story about a little tractor that could, determined to do her best no matter how tough the job. Older readers will know that Rosie was built by American women and sent to England to work alongside female farmers during a war. An author’s note includes more historical information; adults can share whatever parts of it make best sense for their child.

Lindsay Ward wrote this book as a way to honor the courage and contributions of those who stepped into new roles to support the greater good across continents. I’m so glad she did—and I hope you and the children in your life enjoy this book.

- Kelsey Skea, Editor

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07XG8MZH8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Two Lions (April 1, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 1, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 11663 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Lindsay Ward has a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. Her most recent books include I Am Not Sick, by Frank Tupta, Rosie Stronger Than Steel, This Book Is Gray, Let's Go! with HarperFestival, and the Amazon Bestselling Dexter T. Rexter series: Don’t Forget Dexter!, It’s Show and Tell, Dexter!, and Vacation for Dexter! with Two Lions. She is also the author and illustrator of Brobarians (Two Lions, 2017), The Importance of Being 3 (Dial, 2016), Rosco vs. the Baby (S&amp;S, 2016), Henry Finds His Word (Dial, 2015), a Choose to Read Ohio Book, When Blue Met Egg (Dial, 2012), and Please Bring Balloons (Dial, 2013), which was produced into a play by the New York City Children’s Theater in 2017. Her work has been reviewed in Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, and the New York Times. Lindsay is the founder of Critter Lit, a free picture book manuscript and illustration critique service for up-and-coming authors and illustrators. Lindsay lives in Peninsula, Ohio with her husband, author Frank Tupta, three sons, and dog Sally. Visit her online at or follow her on twitter @lindsaymward.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational read for children
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story
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