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Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman’s Land Army of America



by
Erin Hagar
illustrated by
Jen Hill

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Charlesbridge
Imprint
Charlesbridge
ISBN
9781580896467

Awards and Honors
CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017, 3–5
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

Based on true events, this fictional story traces the history of the Women's Land Army during World War I. Author's note. Suggestions to learn more. Bibliography. Historical posters and photographs. Full-color illustrations rendered in gouache and Photoshop.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

3.9: points 0.5

Lexile

700L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

3

JLG Release

Nov 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Women’s Land Army of America. U.S. during World War I (1914–1918). Women during World War I. New York State. Agricultural laborers. History of farm life in New York State. Bedford, New York. Helen Stevens. Ida Ogilvie.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

During World War I, the Women’s Land Army (WLA) was formed to assist with farming duties while male farmhands were off fighting in the war. These women became known as “farmerettes.” This title follows Helen Stevens and her decision to join the WLA. The narrative jumps right into the action with Helen seeing a WLA poster on the street and deciding to join. This could be a potentially confusing moment for readers unfamiliar with World War I and the status of American women in the early 20th century. While a cutaway to a dinner scene in which Helen’s family tries to dissuade her from joining does hint at the inequality women faced (“No farmer in his right mind would hire you girls”), why her father would say this is not discussed. The WLA and Helen’s experience farming are the central focus of the work and, in comparison, are better developed. The hard physical labor the women endured in addition to the discrimination they faced is highlighted. The illustrations, done in gouache and Adobe Photoshop, are colorful and detailed; the folk art feel and light brushstrokes lend well to the time period and plot. The author does note that she embellished much of the details and dialogue within the book. VERDICT An additional selection for elementary school history buffs looking for lesser-known World War I—era stories.—Ellen Norton, Naperville Public Library, IL

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

During World War I, the Women’s Land Army (WLA) was formed to assist with farming duties while male farmhands were off fighting in the war. These women became known as “farmerettes.” This title follows Helen Stevens and her decision to join the WLA. The narrative jumps right into the action with Helen seeing a WLA poster on the street and deciding to join. This could be a potentially confusing moment for readers unfamiliar with World War I and the status of American women in the early 20th century. While a cutaway to a dinner scene in which Helen’s family tries to dissuade her from joining does hint at the inequality women faced (“No farmer in his right mind would hire you girls”), why her father would say this is not discussed. The WLA and Helen’s experience farming are the central focus of the work and, in comparison, are better developed. The hard physical labor the women endured in addition to the discrimination they faced is highlighted. The illustrations, done in gouache and Adobe Photoshop, are colorful and detailed; the folk art feel and light brushstrokes lend well to the time period and plot. The author does note that she embellished much of the details and dialogue within the book. VERDICT An additional selection for elementary school history buffs looking for lesser-known World War I—era stories.—Ellen Norton, Naperville Public Library, IL

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