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~~Spunky/Shiny and Strong~~
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2020
Rosie is indeed one spunky, shiny and strong tractor who toils the fields in Britain in support of the WW II effort. She has a vow that she repeats throughout this delightful story for little ones ages 4 to 8 and grades P to 3. The author is able to unite the history of both sides of the pond during those tumultuous years.
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.