|Shana Corey, Author
Chesley McLaren, Illustrator
|YOU FORGOT YOUR SKIRT, AMELIA BLOOMER!
In 1851, a very feisty and free thinker by the name of Amelia Bloomer from Seneca Falls, New York found MANY things silly! She thought proper ladies were silly and she thought it was silly that proper ladies were not allowed to work...or vote! Even sillier than that, Amelia could not understand what was SO proper about wearing those long, heavy, tight corset pulled dresses that made women look like walking broomsticks.
Amelia Bloomer was not a proper lady. She believed that woman had a right to vote and tried to change the laws. She started her own newspaper, "The Lily," which was devoted to the interests of women and hired other women to work on it. But what REALLY made Amelia an improper lady was that she dared to bare her underwear! And that's only part of what made her famous.
One day Elizabeth Stanton (Women's Suffrage Movement) and her cousin Libby Miller paid a visited to Amelia. "She was even more improper than Amelia because Libby was not wearing a dress." ... she was wearing something that looked just right. Amelia immediately adopted this new look which came to be known as bloomers.
YOU FORGOT YOUR SKIRT, AMELIA BLOOMER! is a treasure. There are patterns for bloomers on the book jacket, bright bold endsheets and illustrations of fancy throughout, complete with hand lettered display type. A biography of Amelia Bloomer is located at the back of the book.
This is the first picture book for both Shana Corey [who still admits to having an obsession with crinolines] and Chesley McLaren [who always wanted to live in a ballroom]. Bravo!