On Our Way to Oyster Bay

On Our Way to Oyster Bay

Mother Jones and Her March for Children's Rights

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Though eight-year-old Aidan and his friend Gussie want to go to school, like many other children in 1903, they work twelve hours, six days a week, at a cotton mill in Pennsylvania instead. So when the millworkers decide to go on strike, the two friends join the picket line. Maybe now life will change for them. But when a famous labor reformer named Mother Jones comes to hear of the millworkers' demands, she tells them they need to do more than just strike. ?Troubled by all she had seen, Mother Jones wanted to end child labor. But what could she do? Why, organize a children's march and bring the message right to President Theodore Roosevelt at his summer home in Oyster Bay, of course!?

Written by Monica Kulling, with vibrant illustrations by Felicita Sala, this nonfiction picture book uses an entertaining story about fictitious characters to bring a real event in history to vivid life. The actual march raised awareness across North America and contributed to the passage of the first child labor laws. It offers an excellent model for how ordinary people, including children, can make a difference by standing up for what's right. For lesson planning, there's more about Mother Jones, the march and child labor laws at the end of the book. There's also information about child labor today and concrete suggestions for getting involved and helping, making this book perfect for discussions about social justice, activism and citizenship.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Kids Can Press, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781771383257
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages :,colour illustrations ;,27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sala, Felicita - Illustrator


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Jun 13, 2019

2016; Kids Can Press/Hachette Book Group
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Mother Jones, Mary Harris Jones, was a teacher and also a dressmaker. After the loss of her husband, children and dress shop, Mary started to work with labour organizations and became a champion for labour unions. In this picture book we see how Mother Jones organized marches for protesting the lax laws of child labour. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous and the story - while is for older tots - is a great one for teachers and parents. It is a great learning tool to teach kids about history in a fun way. I highly recommend this picture book!

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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