When Mama Retires by Karen Ackerman

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Henry, Will, and Charley learn to do things around the house when Mama considers retiring from housework and becoming a wartime riveter.

About Karen Ackerman

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Karen Ackerman has written over 25 books for young readers, including The Night Crossing, A Brighter Garden illustrated by Tasha Tudor, and Bingleman's Midway illustrated by Barry Moser. In addition to winning the Caldecott Award for his spirited illustrations in Song and Dance Man, Stephen Gammell is the illustrator of two Caldecott Honor Books, The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant and Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker.
Published February 18, 1992 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 1 pages
Genres: Children's Books. Non-fiction

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When Mama talks about retiring, it's housework she's planning to give up: with Dad overseas, she's joining other women contributing to the WW II effort by working in factories.

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Charley, Henry and Will are a bit frightened by this proposition, so they offer little resistance as Mama shows them ``how to do some things around here.'' Ackerman's ( Song and Dance Man ) admirable heroine cuts a clear figure of a feminist at odds with her role in society.

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