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NOVEMBER 30, 2009
Fire at the Triangle Factory by Holly Littlefield

14 year old girls today, do not need to worry about going to work six days a week.  In the year 1911, many girls of that age (and younger) had to postpone school and help support their families working. This is the story of Tessa, a Catholic girl, and Minnie, a Jewish girl, who become friends  at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. A shirtwaist is a special kind of blouse that was popular during that time.

The factory was not a safe place to work. Big barrels of oil were everywhere, highly flammable fabric was all over the floors and tables, and small fires were a common occurrence. In addition, the elevators only held about 10 people at a time, and the fire escape was old and rickety, and was two floors above ground.
 
This is the story of how Minnie and Tessa helped each other survive the big fire, and discover the true meaning of friendship.  Recommended for students in grades 3-5, however, older students could benefit from it, as a good introduction to a social studies unit.

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