Young listeners and readers are introduced to the early life of Israel’s first female Prime Minister, Golda Meir, in an age-appropriate story based on real events.
At the age of nine, Golda Mabowehz, herself a member of a Jewish family that immigrated to Milwaukee from Kiev, Russia in 1906, responds to the needs of her poor schoolmates for new textbooks. She does this with empathy, and a plan she develops exemplifies maturity beyond her years. As president of a group she creates and administers, the American Young Sisters Society, she organizes the girls who are her friends and neighbors to help raise money — in pennies, nickels, and dimes — until the realization that a public meeting and fundraising gala is needed to raise sufficient funding. After convincing the owner of a large hall to donate the hall for the meeting, Golda then organizes her group to create invitations and paint posters to hang; she herself speaks publicly to the large audience of friends, neighbors, teachers, parents, and school administrators who turn out for the cause. Even at this young age her leadership characteristics show clearly.
Illustrations in sepia tones and dramatically drawn period dress and home furnishings make Golda’s times come to life. The interior of her mother’s grocery store with its products lined up give a vivid sense of her family’s life.
The text is followed by a lovely mini-biography of Golda, illustrated with photos of her childhood and as prime minister, a one-page bibliography of places to visit to learn more about Golda and a list of books to read more about her.
This is a lovely addition to the biography shelf for the youngest readers and is recommended for children ages 5 – 8.
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