Fire at the Triangle Factory

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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, ...
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Overview

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.

Two fourteen-year-old girls, sewing machine operators at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, are caught in the famous Triangle fire of 1911.

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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.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876149706
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: On My Own History Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 477,910
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.21 (d)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    emphasizes friendship and courage

    This is one of Carolrhoda's "On My Own Books," which seems to be their version of stories for beginning readers. It tells the story of two fourteen-year-old girls, one a Polish Jew and the other an Italian Catholic, who work together as sewing machine operators at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City, NY, become friends, and are caught in the famous Triangle fire of 1911. The author notes that the characters are fictional, but the events that take place are based on the actual accounts of those who survived the fire. The book emphasizes such virtues as friendship in spite of differences and courage in the face of danger.

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