‘Rosie: A Detroit Herstory’ Book for Kids

A history lesson for kids about Detroit's role in World War II told from the perspective of women.

When Detroit illustrator Nicole Lapointe and Highland Park author Bailey Sisoy Isgro learned less than 7 percent of children’s books had a female protagonist, they had the same thought: “We can do it.”

Rosie: A Detroit Herstory (Wayne State University Press, January 2018) is a story for kids about Detroit’s role in World War II from the perspective of the women who held down the fort.

“The book will teach you history without you even realizing it,” says Sisoy Isgro, an automotive clay sculptor at General Motors by day and the owner and guide at Detroit History Tours by night.

The 40-page hardcover includes bright, detailed illustrations and rhyming prose suitable for ages 4-12. It’s not your typical tale, however: Your little one will walk away having learned about the Lend-Lease Act and the Arsenal of Democracy.

“It’s the book the cool aunt would buy,” she says. Preorders begin on Nov. 1, 2017. Order yours by Jan. 1, 2018 with the code ROS8 to save 40-percent off the usual $18.99 cost. The tentative ship date is Jan. 10, 2018.

Bailey’s Top Role Models For Kids

  • Eleanor Roosevelt: “She said when you’re given a platform you have to take advantage of it, and she did.”
  • Edsel Ford: “He helped turn Detroit into the Arsenal of Democracy.”
  • Marie-Thérèse Cadillac: “Can you imagine traveling to uncharted territory and founding a city (Detroit in 1701)?”


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