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Lumber Jills: The Unsung Heroines of World War II

In World War II, Great Britain needed lumber to make planes, ships, and even newspapers — but there weren't enough men to cut down the trees. Enter the fearless Lumber Jills! These young women may not have had much woodcutting experience, but they each had two hands willing to work and one stout heart, and they came together to do their part.

In her debut picture book, Alexandra Davis tells a lyrical story of home front heroism and female friendship, while illustrator Katie Hickey's colorful and loosely lined illustrations capture the hustle and bustle of a busy lumber camp. Young readers will be fascinated to learn this little-known story of women on the British home front who leapt whole-heartedly into service for their country.

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"Overcoming blisters and bunkhouse boredom, the Lumber Jills cheerfully perform their work in sun and snow to provide timber crucial for the war effort. The cadenced, repetitive text appropriately echoes the rhythmic tempos and motions of chopping, cutting, and sawing.... A rousing, upbeat introduction to the camaraderie and contributions of the 'unsung heroines of World War II' who cut 10 million trees for Britain." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Alexandra Davis
Illustrator Katie Hickey
ISBN 0807547956
Publication Date Mar 1, 2019
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company
Language English