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Rosie: Stronger than Steel Hardcover – Picture Book, April 1, 2020
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A brave tractor farms for freedom in a story inspired by women who acted with courage and strength in American factories and on British farms during World War II.
This is our Rosie,
stronger than steel.
She’ll plow all the land
with a turn of her wheel.
Built by women in the United States and sent to England to dig and plow alongside female farmers during World War II, Rosie the tractor does whatever is needed to support the war effort. She works day and night to help grow crops for the troops…even when she has to hide in the fields. This is because she knows, like the women who built her and the women who farm with her, that they all must do their part.
Inspired by the group of American women collectively known as “Rosie the Riveter” and the British Women’s Land Army, this is a story about taking action and coming together for the greater good.
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“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
About the Author
Lindsay Ward is the creator of the Dexter T. Rexter series, as well as This Book Is Gray; Brobarians; Rosco vs. the Baby; and The Importance of Being 3. Her book Please Bring Balloons was also made into a play. Lindsay lives with her family in Peninsula, Ohio, where she often sees tractors from the 1930s and 1940s. Learn more about her online at www.lindsaymward.com.
- Publisher : Two Lions; 3/2 edition (April 1, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542017947
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542017947
- Reading age : 3 - 10 years, from customers
- Lexile measure : 480L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #215,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teaching moments are scattered throughout starting with the collection of scrap metal in the US. Little ones of today will be able to ask their parents the reason for collecting items. And, of course, the women working in the factory that manufactured Rosie in the US. Her voyage to England is illustrated well in the book. (Love her headlights) and upon her arrival there, she realizes the mission she has before her. 'This is my vow to dig and to plow'. Love Rosie and all that she represents...
Such an interesting read that illustrates...above all... the teamwork that the war effort required throughout the US and Britain. Times were tough and very difficult. At the end of the book, the author goes into detail about the war efforts including the history of the 'Land Girls' in Britain and also President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Land Lease Act.
Indeed a team effort which involved women taking the places of men in factories in the US and working the fields for crop production (and more in Britain). Fascinating read for me. When V-E Day arrived on 8 May 1945 it was indeed a huge celebration!
A couple of personal notes... my Mom and my Aunt worked in a plant producing capacitors in a small town in Vermont. Both had children so they alternated shifts so the children could be cared for). My Dad and my Uncle were both overseas in the US Navy. Most items were rationed and I still have one card with some unused rations on it. And, yes, Rosie was glad to get some new rubber tires when she was refurbished...
Learning lessons abound for the little ones, questions will be asked such as the reason Britain needed to grow crops, and many more opportunities for discussions.
Perfect, just perfect and Rosie was indeed a team player... working together to accomplish a most important mission during WW II.
Most highly recommended.
This is my Kindle First selection for March 2020.
I just read this to my 5 year old, and she loved it! Yes, I spent a few extra words explaining a little about WW2. But don’t we all enjoy discussing texts with our children and helping them read the words and pictures at that age? I feel I must address the so called “cons” of the current top reviewer for this book which somewhat factually incorrect.
The ending is not ambivalent, but the adult must read the factual information at the back and then help the child “read” the picture. Spoiler: Rosie is fixed and updated post-war. She has rubber tires which were not produced for farm equipment during the war. Rosie starts the story with steel wheels. Any farmer reading this to their grands will instantly spot this in the picture but reading the end notes will clue in others. Also, she was painted green to camouflage during the war with a tiny rose “signature.” I believe the farmers repaint her and are meant to be seen as celebrating with extending the rose to cover the whole top of the tractor. It is very happy. Yes, the very final page of the text before end notes are the modern time, with youngster learning, viewing, and remembering Rosie and her sisterhood in a museum, but that is much later.
Further, if you hate poetry, you probably will find this book annoying. I, however, love poetry and found it delightful language comparable to the verse and form of Margaret Wise Brown’s “Little Red Barn,” “Seven Little Postmen” or “Two Little Trains.” It is poetry, there is no requirement that poetry always rhyme.
Please up-vote this and other positive reviews if you like this story! I almost didn’t buy this myself because of that top review, and I am shocked at how misleading and ill informed it was!
This book is both a moving tribute to the many hard working ladies in America and England who worked together to keep the country strong while their men were at war. Rosie was built from scrap metal, and carried with her all the hopes and dreams of the women who built her.
I plow and I dig.
I dig and I plow.
No matter the job,
this is my vow.
Season after season, without complaint Rosie works hard to make sure the fields are plowed. Eventually the war is won, and new tractors join her in the fields. Rosie is enjoying being a mentor to the younger tractors, until the day when she just cannot go forward anymore. Rosie is vaguely aware of being worked on, as she was in the factory. Her mind drifts, until she wakes up even better then new, with new paint and real rubber tires!
There is a lovely historical note at the end with more information on which the story is based.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!
Amazon First Reads, March 2020
The illustration used in the book is also well chosen and lively in unfolding the story line. I loved the illustrations.
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I like how the author used Rosie the tractor to tell the story in a way that will appeal to young children. However I do feel the story could have had more oomph. I don't see my younger cousins wanting to read this more than once, although I do think it will have them curious to learn more about the land girls and WW2.
The comprehensive author notes at the back makes this a book to appeal to all ages.I love Rosie.