Goldie Takes a Stand: Golda Meir's First Crusade

by Barbara Krasner and Kelsey Garrity-Riley

Young Golda Meir was quick to take charge at the first meeting of the American Young... read more

Young Golda Meir was quick to take charge at the first meeting of the American Young Sisters Society: I “naturally appointed myself president.” When the group falls short in its initial effort to raise money for new textbooks for immigrant school children in Milwaukee, she boldly approaches a local theater owner. “I need to borrow the hall for a public event.” Her fundraising plan is a rally, at which she will appeal to the audience for donations. Her nerve almost fails her, but she steps out onto the stage and speaks. “The way I see it … it’s the community’s responsibility to help Milwaukee kids who can’t afford school books. I ask each of you to look into your hearts and wallets and give what you can.” It’s a rousing success. This spirited, engaging, warmly illustrated look at a single event from the childhood of Israel’s first female prime minister is fictionalized but, notes the author, the events are true. (Ages 5–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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