In 2012, I first discovered Lindsay Ward’s work in her book When Blue Met Egg.
In listening to her describe her creative process with paper cutting, I was truly in awe and I continue to be in awe of her work. Her upcoming book, Rosie: Stronger Than Steel, which releases in April 1, 2020 will be out at the end of Women’s History Month but in time for the 75th anniversary of V-E Day. This book seems to be a bit of a departure in terms of text/story for Ward, as she explores mixing fiction with history in a celebration of the hard-working women in the United States and Great Britain during World War II. The author’s note at the end provides readers with information about the women factory workers in the US and the Women’s Land Army in England and how these women worked incredibly hard and made a significant contribution to the war effort.
Though the book does not release until April 2020, I hope that the cover gives you enough of a glimpse to get as excited about this book as I am.
So, here is the cover reveal….
Rosie: Stronger Than Steel
by Lindsay Ward
Two Lions Publishing (April 1, 2020)
Fiction * Women’s History * War
Audience: Ages 4 to 8
Description of the book:
This is our Rosie,
stronger than steel.
She’ll plow all the land
with a turn of her wheel.
Built by women in the United States and sent to England to dig and plow alongside female farmers during World War II, Rosie the tractor does whatever is needed to support the war effort. She works day and night to help grow crops for the troops…even when she has to hide in the fields. This is because she knows, like the women who built her and the women who farm with her, that they all must do their part.
Inspired by the group of American women collectively known as “Rosie the Riveter” and the British Women’s Land Army, this is a story about taking action and coming together for the greater good.
Mark your calendar for April 2020 so that you don’t miss Rosie: Stronger Than Steel.
About the author/illustrator:
Lindsay Ward is the creator of the Dexter T. Rexter series. Although she isn’t afraid of flying, she always looks forward to cookies during her flights. She is also the author and illustrator of Brobarians, Henry Finds His Word, and When Blue Met Egg. Her book Please Bring Balloons was also made into a play.