Fire at the Triangle Factory

Fire at the Triangle Factory

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by Holly Littlefield, Mary O'Keefe Young
     
 

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Minnie and Tessa are best friends. The two fourteen year olds are sewing machine operators at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. It isn't easy for a Jewish girl and a Catholic girl to be friends in 1911, but Minnie and Tessa must depend on that friendship when the Triangle factory goes up in flames and leaves them trapped on the ninth floor. This story… See more details below

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Minnie and Tessa are best friends. The two fourteen year olds are sewing machine operators at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. It isn't easy for a Jewish girl and a Catholic girl to be friends in 1911, but Minnie and Tessa must depend on that friendship when the Triangle factory goes up in flames and leaves them trapped on the ninth floor. This story of friendship and courage is based on true accounts of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire of March 25, 1911.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
The first picture I saw as I opened the book was the building where the fire occurred. Tears came to my eyes. I remembered walking pass that building a few years ago when I stopped to read the plaque that commemorated this horrible tragedy. The story of the friendship and courage of two girls, Mini and Tease, is fictional, but the facts of the story are accurate and well presented.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5This is a story of two fictional young girls who become involved in a real-life tragedy. On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company went up in flames, killing 146 workers, some of whom were as young as 14. Minnie, a Jewish girl, and Tessa, an Italian Catholic, are friends and coworkers at the factory. Littlefield relates the historical events through these likable characters with whom youngsters will easily identify. She creates the mood with an earnest writing style. The girls' different backgrounds are handled in a natural way, and at the end readers are left with the feeling that these young women may have taught their elders a lesson in friendship. The colorful illustrations complement the text and follow the story nicely. The text is large and easy to read. A good addition.William C. Heckman, Lake Forest Elementary, Hollywood, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780876149706
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Series:
On My Own History Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
559,059
Product dimensions:
5.87(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.21(d)
Lexile:
400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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