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Rosie, A Detroit Herstory

Printed Paper Case
Available August 2018
ISBN: 9780814345443
Pages: 40 Size: 8x10
Illustrations: 37

History doesn’t have to be boring and children's books don’t need to be simplified to be entertaining to tiny humans. To that end, two (raucous, loud, slightly goofy, talented, nerdy) friends from Detroit are proud to introduce Rosie, a Detroit Herstory book. A children's book about Detroit, World War II, and the women who helped save the world. This hardcover book features original rhyming text and beautiful artwork about the women of Detroit who would come to be known as Rosie the Riveters. The story begins with Germany’s army marching into Poland, the Lend-Lease Act, and the eventual need for women to join the American workforce as men shipped out to war. By the end of the story, you will have a better understanding of who and what Rosie the Riveter really was, how Detroit became a wartime industrial powerhouse, and why the legacy of women war workers is still so important.

Bailey Sisoy Isgro is the owner of Detroit History Tours and the proprietress of the Detroit History Club.  She is an author, humorist, workaholic, and Faygo-loving feminist from the great city of Detroit. A lover of city ephemera, her most prized possessions include her antique books about Detroit,  her Library of Congress reader's card, and her collection of vintage jewelry.  She works as an automotive sculptor by day, and by night she writes and lectures on the history of her fine city.  When she isn’t tramping around Detroit giving  tours, drinking at century-old bars, and talking history with anyone who’ll join her, she can be found at her home in Highland Park, Detroit.

Nicole Lapointe is a local Detroit freelance artist and resident geek.  She's passionate about Detroit's French heritage and weird folklores, bike life, art, nerdery, and general tomfoolery.  When she's not working on "art" and commissions in her little shop of horrors (a spooky room in the basement of an 1800's Queen Anne in Detroit’s famed Canfield neighborhood) she can be found volunteering around town, dressing up in costumes, biking, roller skating, digging around for weird Detroit tales, and never taking a serious photo. Ever.