You forgot your skirt, Amelia Bloomer : a very improper story

by Corey, Shana.

Format: Print Book 2000
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Summary

2000 Publishers Weekly Flying Start Award
Booklist Editors Choice
Children's Literature Choice List
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books


Would you DARE to bare your underwear? If you like CLOTHES and people with the courage to SKIRT conventions and address injustice then Amelia Bloomer and her un FITTING ideas will charm the PANTS off you!

Amelia Bloomer, a rebellious reformer and early women's rights activist, invented bloomers (baggy pantaloons worn with a short skirt over them), thus liberating women from the dangerous and oppressive clothing of the mid-nineteenth century. Here is her story, told in buoyant, witty text and beautiful, high styled-illustrations.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Modern rebels meet a kindred spirit in Corey and McLaren's exuberant debut that introduces feminist pioneer Amelia Bloomer. "Amelia Bloomer was NOT a proper lady," trumpets the text, which tells how to recognize 19th-century women of propriety: "Their dresses were so long that... their skirts swept up all the mud and trash from the street. What was proper about that?" Amid graceful illustrations of ladies in overblown ruffles and breath-restricting corsets, Amelia appears in a practical navy blue dress, hatless. Amelia is especially impressed by suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton's cousin, Libby Miller, who has the good sense to wear a knee-length skirt over baggy, gathered pants. Amelia pronounces the outfit "Brilliant!" and publicizes it in the women's newspaper that she edits. Fans and foes alike name the new look after her. The title, styled as a taunt, implies Amelia's daring, and the conclusion links bloomers to body-baring "1920's swimwear" and groovy "60's bellbottoms." McLaren presents Amelia's fashion statement in gestural gouaches that imitate designers' sketches; the characters seem to float across the white pages. The artist's palette incorporates the strong violet, deep pink and yellow of aniline dyes, and a curvy typeface complements decorative curlicues in the images. In a breezy and delightfully chic manner, Corey and McLaren tell an inspiring tale of nonconformity. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Bloomer, Amelia Jenks, -- 1818-1894 -- Juvenile literature.
Bloomer, Amelia Jenks, -- 1818-1894.
Feminists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Clothing and dress -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Sex role -- Juvenile literature.
Women's rights -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
Feminists.
Women -- Biography.
Clothing and dress -- History.
Sex role.
Women's rights.
Publisher New York :Scholastic Press,2000
Contributors McLaren, Chesley.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 0439078199 (alk. paper)
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