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Mother Jones and her army of Mill Children / words by Jonah Winter ; illustrations by Nancy Carpenter.

Winter, Jonah, 1962- (author.). Carpenter, Nancy, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library J 331.8809 WIN (Text) 33500013216098 New Available -
Fosston Public Library J 331.8809 WIN (Text) 33500013216106 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780449812914
  • ISBN: 044981291X
  • ISBN: 9780449812921
  • ISBN: 0449812928
  • ISBN: 9780449812938 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 0449812936 (ebook)
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 x 29 cm
  • Publisher: New York City : Schwartz & Wade, [2020]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.:
The story of Mother Jones, an Irish immigrant who was essential in the fight to create child labor laws. Well into her sixties, Mother Jones had finally had enough of children working long hours in dangerous factory jobs, and decided she was going to do something about it. The powerful protests she organized earned her the name "the most dangerous woman in America." And in the Children's Crusade of 1903, she led one hundred boys and girls on a glorious march from Philadelphia right to the front door of President Theodore Roosevelt's Long Island home. -- adapted from
Target Audience Note:
Age: 4-8.
K to Grade 3.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
    *Starred Review* After the death of her husband and children from yellow fever and the loss of her business, Mary Harris, took up the cause of workers and the hardships they faced. This book, as full of spunk and bite as Mary herself, focuses on her children's march, an effort to alert the public to the plight of children, especially in mills, who were forced to work long hours, often in dangerous circumstances. When Mary, now known as Mother Jones, was thwarted by rich newspapermen, who were friends of mill owners, she decided to garner her own publicity by marching with 100 boys and girls, along with some adults to the summer home of President Theodore Roosevelt. Told in Mother Jones' first-person, rabble-rousing voice, this does an excellent job explaining the issues and detailing what happened as the marchers battled heat, exhaustion, and lack of funds. It may surprise young readers that by the end, only a few children were left and there were no immediate concrete results. Winter plays this not as a defeat, but the start of a movement that would eventually result in child labor laws.Younger readers might be a bit disappointed, but Winter's affirmative text, paired with Carpenter's dramatic art featuring an insistent Mother, dramatically demonstrate both the injustice and determination. Notes give more information about Mother Jones and clarify actual quotes. Grades K-2. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jonah Winter has written more than thirty highly acclaimed books for children, including The Secret Project, which received five starred reviews; Mickey Mantle: The Commerce Comet; Lillian's Right to Vote, which received four starred reviews; and You Never Heard of Casey Stengel, called "inspired" by the New York Times Book Review. Learn more at

Nancy Carpenter is the illustrator of many books for children, including A Letter to My Teacher, by Deborah Hopkinson; Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books by Michelle Merckel; and Dear Mr. Washington by Lynn Cullen, called "hilarious and bright, with clever attention to detail," by School Library Journal in a starred review. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can follow her on Twitter (@NancyCarpentr) and Facebook.

Subject: Jones, Mother, 1837-1930 > Juvenile literature.
Women labor leaders > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Labor movement > United States > History > Juvenile literature.
Child labor > United States > History > Juvenile literature.
Child labor > Government policy > United States > History > Juvenile literature.
Child labor > Juvenile literature.
Child labor > History.
Jones, Mother, 1837-1930.
Labor movement.
Women labor leaders.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.
Juvenile works.
Picture books.

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