Monday, September 15, 2014

Goldie Takes a Stand

Goldie Takes a Stand: Golda Meir's first crusade
by Barbara Krasner; illus. by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
32 pages; ages 5-9
Kar-Ben publishing, 2014

When I was growing up, Golda Meir was the Prime Minister of Israel. I remember thinking: if a woman can lead Israel, why can't we have a woman president?

So I was excited to get my hands on a review copy of this new book about "Goldie". Author Barbara Krasner writes about an event that happened when Golda was in the fourth grade.The year was 1908 - and Golda's family had just emigrated to the US a couple years earlier.

Golda and her friend, Regina, formed the "American Young Sisters Society" in order to raise money to buy textbooks for students who couldn't afford them. Golda tries a couple of things - neither of which works - and then decides she needs a public meeting, and ends up speaking in a large rented hall.

While the events Krasner writes about are factual, she adds dialog, telling the story from Golda's point of view. She includes biographical information and a list of places to visit at the back, as well as resources for people who want to learn more about Golda Meir. 

Review copy provided by the publisher.

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