Fire! (Once upon America)

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Rosie dreams of quitting school to go to work in a factory despite older sister Freyda's complaints about the brutal, unsafe conditions at work, in a story set against the tragedy of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire.

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Grade 3-6-- The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York is seen through the eyes of Rosie, 11. The daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, she wishes she could quit school and work in the factory like her older sister, whose descriptions of the brutal and dangerous working conditions do little to quell Rosie's desire. The sudden and disastrous fire that rips through the factory killing 146 workers opens her eyes, both to the labor movement's need to seize the opportunity for change, and to her own need to stay in school. Goldin details, with simplicity, the hardships of daily life in the Lower East Side garment district without becoming maudlin or melodramatic. Rosie and her friends will appeal to readers looking for a good story as well as to those needing information on the era. A short addendum gives more information on the fire and its aftermath, although nothing is footnoted or documented. Atmospheric black-and-white drawings punctuate the chapters. Students needing more traditional re search materials can try Zachary Kent's The Story of the Triangle Factory Fire (Childrens, 1989), which includes numerous photographs, or John Flagler's The Labor Movement in the United States (Lerner, 1990), aimed at a slightly older audience, which chronicles the rise and current decline of labor unions in general. --Joyce Adams Burner, formerly at Spring Hill Middle School, KS
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A fictional account of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in N. Y. C., as seen by Rosie, a young Jewish girl whose older sister escapes but whose cousin does not. In the aftermath of the fire, Rosie accompanies her sister to an ILGWU meeting and shares her hope that the union will secure better conditions for the garment workers. A solid addition to the useful Once Upon America series. Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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