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Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel (Ira Children's…

Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel (Ira Children's Book Awards. Primary)

by Leslie Connor

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Miss Bridie choose a shovel tells the story about a young immigrant women who faces a new world on her own with only a shovel. Leslie Connor captures the life experience of a women named Miss Bridie. The story follows her through great experiences such as when she planted a small garden in the back of her rooming house and sold the flowers she grew, scraped away snow to skate, planted orchards and dug into the hill for a root cellar. Through the story, we watch as she experiences life's ups and downs, raises a family and grows old. I believe the theme of the story is we can succeed at anything with ingenuity and hard work. The setting of the story is especially important because women did not work much back then. It shows what Miss Bridie accomplished. It’s a tribute to the millions of immigrants who come to America to start a new life. ( )
  Diana_94 | Jan 31, 2016 |
Young woman chooses to bring a shovel with her when she comes to a different country. All the things she uses it for during her life are relayed.
Not for use as lifespan, but for occupation, tool, moving to new place.
Ages: 4-7
Source: Pierce County Library, UP Branch
  karenburns | Mar 13, 2013 |
Miss Bridie is a young adult immigrant to the United States in 1856. In a moving and tender gesture, as she is preparing to leave her family home and her country, her mother offers her a memento to take with her. Miss Bridie chooses a shovel and her practical memento becomes her partner in life; the instrument with which she creates triumphs and she meets life's most difficult times. The reader follows Miss Bridie and her shovel through the span of her lifetime. We watch as she builds her life, marrying, homesteading, and creating a future for her children and grandchildren with the help of hard work and the shovel. I used this book as a feature piece for an after school literacy program, reading it four consecutive days. This story has so many layers that by the end of the week my students each had made personal connections about the choices we make and about the role that intention and tenacity play in one's successes. Mary Azarian beautifully illustrated this book with excellent examples of woodcut prints that give the story an authenticity and sense of place. ( )
  KristalKangasHanes | Mar 8, 2013 |
This book tells the story of Miss Bridie and her new life in America. The shovel symbolized hard-work and her opportunity to make a good life. ( )
  ermilligan | Nov 5, 2008 |
I thought this was a sweet but sad book. It showed how Miss Bridie moved on with her life. It shows children how to move on from things and life will always go on. ( )
  acwheeler | Sep 9, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618305645, Hardcover)

The journey begins for a young immigrant named Miss Bridie. It is a journey of hope and uncertainty, a journey that will take her to a new land, a new home, and—if she has chosen wisely—a good life.
With elegant woodcuts, Caldecott medalist Mary Azarian brings to life Leslie Connor’s spare story of a life rich with blessings, yet not without challenges. Here is a lyrical tribute to the millions of immigrants who left their homes to begin anew in America—and an enchanting look at how one woman carves out a life with the help of a common shovel.

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Miss Bridie emigrates to America in 1856 and chooses to bring a shovel, which proves to be a useful tool throughout her life.

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