The Bobbin Girl

Rebecca Putney is a bobbin girl who helps support her struggling family by working all day in a hot, noisy cotton mill Working conditions at the mill are poor, and there is talk of lowering the workers wages Rebecca s friend Judith wants to protest the pay cut but troublemakers at the mill are dismissed Does Rebecca have the courage to join the protest
The Bobbin Girl Rebecca Putney is a bobbin girl who helps support her struggling family by working all day in a hot noisy cotton mill Working conditions at the mill are poor and there is talk of lowering the worker

  • Title: The Bobbin Girl
  • Author: Emily Arnold McCully
  • ISBN: 9780803718272
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Bobbin Girl”

    1. This was a really neat book about what it was like to be a working child during the Industrial Revolution. A 10yr old girl works as "Bobbin Girl" in a factory and witnesses injustice and illness and strikes, and learns the importance of standing up for your rights. The art isn't what I would call super high quality, but it wasn't horrible. The story was a little long for youngers, but great for my 8 and 12 yr olds! We read this book while studying about the Industrial Revolution.

    2. Great picture about women's right, strikes, and factory girls. I loved Judith, too. It was nice to see such a bold and brave woman well represented!! She was totally an ENTJ or ENFJ.

    3. An interesting and somewhat historic tale of workers' rights and the eventual creation of unions.

    4. McCully does a nice job of painting a picture of the many concerns of the mill girls. Readers will have lots to talk about with this book- child labor, work conditions, striking, and more.

    5. I read “The Bobbin Girl” written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully, a Caldecott Medalist for one of my historical fiction children's books. The author describes Rebecca’s long working day at the mill in Lowell, the City of Spindles and her desire to be like Judith. Rebecca is only ten years old and she is inspired by Judith’s perseverance to fight for her rights. Judith has all the women at the mill sign a petition against lowering the wages and she organizes a strike, yet gets dis [...]

    6. 1) Picture Book-Historical Fiction2) After a decrease in pay was given to women at a Lowell mill, the women decided to turnout. The bobbin girl, Rebecca, decided to go along with the plan and soon finds out the turnout didn’t go as planned.3a) Slow pace; Illustrations3b) In my opinion, the beginning of a story must capture the reader’s attention, but that didn’t happen in the story. The main part of the book didn’t begin until halfway into the story. This slow pace can make readers becom [...]

    7. 1) Awards: none 2) Grades: Kindergarten- 23) This book is about the girls who worked at the mill in Lowell, Massachusetts in the mid 1830’s. The book tells the story of the walk out that happened that the mill when the women’s wages were cut and how it failed but provided a precedent. It is based on real events but the people are made up.4) I like this book because it tells the story of an event in history that is not typically taught in history class. I also like the pictures because they a [...]

    8. Rebecca, a young bobbin girl, must work full time to help support her mother in the Lowell, Massachusetts “City of Spindles.” She sees her friends buckle under the strict and often unfair rules that give every advantage to the owner while the worker takes every risk. Following the example of one friend, Judith, Rebecca’s desire to stand up for the worker leads her to take an active role against a proposal to lower wages. The reader gets small details (the bells ruled the day), accumulating [...]

    9. Loosely based on a true story, The Bobbin Girl describes some of the poor working conditions in even the better factories in the 1830s. Seen through the eyes or Rebecca, a young factory worker, a group of women go on strike when their wages are cut. Although they do not win in the end, the end promises that they will try again. Some of the book portrayed the lives of these young women as a bit too rosy, these are the more fortunate factory workers of the time, but despite this, the characters ar [...]

    10. I loved this book after just reading Lyddie! I expected to find quite a few things that were different from the two stories though, but almost all of it was the same! Even what the characters were going through was the same, with one trying to retaliate against the factory, one wanting to go to college, and one working there to pay her brother's way through college. I think it's a great picture book adaptation of the time that girls had to go through in the factories and paints a picture of what [...]

    11. So here, in this book we see the start of a union. We see women stand up and say they will not be treated as subhuman or as mere operators of the machines. The industrial revolution seems to me to have both given women freedom and taken it away at the same time. where as the girls in our story now had a means to care for themselves and their families financially, they were also slaves to the industry and had to work regardless of bad conditions.

    12. Ten year old Rebecca works in a mill to help support her family. Recounts the details of her long day, 4:30am to 7pm. It seems that the women all have 'Lowell Fever,' a strong desire to read, learn and expand their minds. The money they earn at the mill is good and allows them pursue their intellectual goals. Goes into some detail about the harsh working conditions of the mill, and the fear of some women to stand up against it. Author's note includes facts that inspired this story.

    13. The Bobbin Girl by Emily Arnold McCully is about the injustices suffered by the women who worked in the cotton mills of Massachusetts. This book is told from the perspective of a young female mill worker who describes these sufferings to the reader. In light of this information, I believe that this is a well written book that teachers could incorporate into a lesson on historical fiction or the era of industrialization.

    14. This story is based on the memoirs of a young girl who was employed at the mill in Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1830's. It is a good introduction to the younger set about the working conditions in early America, and especially child labor. Nicely illustrated, it covers the first hints of labor strikes in an effort to bring about improved conditions in the workplace.

    15. Based on a true story about Harriet Hanson Robinson (1825-1911), Alissa was really curious whether Rebecca would do the right thing.

    16. Great secondary read aloud in Social Studies for the Industrial Revolution and to also bring in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of NYC.

    17. A slightly fictionalized account of the first walk out in Lowell. A simple look at the origins of unions and workers rights.

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