Tagged with children's literature
This is a kids' book that I think parents will enjoy more than their kids, and probably not more than once or twice through. I wanted to like it because it's about a young female labor leader, but it's all tell and not a lot of claim on your emotions. The illustrations are pretty great, though, enhanced with collaged fabrics, patterns and text.
I remember being kind of cool to this Judy Blume book as a kid, but I might have been too old for it the first time I read it. Reading it now I have a greater appreciation for its portrait of a 10-year-old Jewish girl from New Jersey in post-World War II America. Sally is kind of dumb or naive, which is probably another reason I wasn't crazy about her as a kid, but as an adult I'm not quite as bothered. What really appeals to me is how Blume portrays the future writer, not by having her write a bunch in her diary, but by sharing her imaginative inner life. Blume identifies this as her most autobiographical work, which makes total sense to me.