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

It's the middle of World War I, and Helen Stevens wants to do her part to help the war effort — something more active than knitting socks and rolling bandages. Then she hears about the Women’s Agricultural Camp in Bedford, New York, where she and her fellow "farmerettes" can learn farm chores and take over while male workers are overseas at the front. But farmers are skeptical; can these women really put in a good day's work? Not only does Helen show farmer Davie that she's up for the task, she also demands a fair day's wage: "If you want us back tomorrow, it’ll be two dollars a day for each of us."

Beginning as a movement to put women to work on farms in place of men serving overseas during WWI, the Woman's Land Army grew to be an integral part of the food supply chain during the war. Erin Hagar's crisp text helps personalize these determined women, while Jen Hill's colorful artwork captures picturesque rural scenes. This unique look at a forgotten history celebrates the true grit of American women.

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"Based on real events and people, Hagar’s story follows college student Helen Stevens during the summer of 1917 as the white 'New York City college girl' learns farming to support the war effort.... Crisp dialogue and small dramas propel this story of a young woman’s summer of service in wartime and women’s emerging power on the homefront." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Erin Hagar
Illustrator Jen Hill
ISBN 1580896464
Publication Date Sep 13, 2016
Publisher Charlesbridge
Language English