Mr. Blue Jeans: A Story about Levi Strauss

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Gr 4-6-- A six-chapter narrative of the life of the German Jewish businessman who settled in New York and then San Francisco after the Gold Rush, making millions selling denim work pants. Written in a simple yet varied style, this book may be compared to Sondra Henry & Emily Taitz's Everyone Wears His Name: A Biography of Levi Strauss , (Dillon, 1990). Unlike that book, which offers a colorful, original cover and many photo reproductions, this book is illustrated with a few muted drawings that lend a folktale quality. Also, it's possible that the combination of illustrations and subtitles may lead readers to confuse fact with fiction. Mr. Blue Jeans focuses on important biographical facts about Strauss, and includes details of special interest to children, omitting the extensive historical background information found in Henry & Taitz's book. Because Weidt's book lacks an index, it will offer minimal help to researchers. --Phyllis Graves, Creekwood Middle School, Kingwood, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876144213
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1990
  • Series: Creative Minds Biographies Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.73 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

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    a great example

    This biography tells the true "rags-to-riches" story of Lob (Levi) Strauss, from his days of poverty as a young Jewish dry goods peddler in Buttenheim, Bavaria, Germany, following the death of his father; through the decision of his mother, who heard great things about America from his step-brothers, for the rest of the family to emigrate to the United States, and the hard work that he did selling in New York City and the surrounding area; to his move to the West Coast, where he invented "tough trousers" (blue jeans--originally made out of canvas, then denim) and found his fortune. The book provides a wonderful example of someone who was willing to work hard to make something of himself, and when he did was known for his kindness to his workers and his generosity to those less fortunate. Too bad the Levi Strauss Co. does not follow his example. Several years ago, the firm cut off its financial support of the Boy Scouts of America just because the organization decided that its purpose before God did not allow it to admit homosexuals. Anyway, the book is a wonderful read for youngsters. I do not know whether the book is still available or not. At the Barnes and Noble website, if you click on one link for the hardcover edition, you can buy it for $10.95, but another link for the hardcover edition says "this item is currently out of stock" (unless these are two different editions). I could find no link for the softcover edition, which I purchased used.

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