Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel (Hardcover)

By Leslie Connor, Mary Azarian (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 9780618305643, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2004



The journey begins for a young immigrant named Miss Bridie. It is a journey of hope and uncertainty, a journey that will take her to a new land, a new home, and—if she has chosen wisely—a good life.
With elegant woodcuts, Caldecott medalist Mary Azarian brings to life Leslie Connor’s spare story of a life rich with blessings, yet not without challenges. Here is a lyrical tribute to the millions of immigrants who left their homes to begin anew in America—and an enchanting look at how one woman carves out a life with the help of a common shovel.

Praise For Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel

"Caldecott award-winner Azarian's sturdy woodcuts are an excellent choice to illustrate the daily life in mid-nineteenth-century America... This is a simple pleasure that will be truly appreciated." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"A tribute to hard-working immigrants, but more so to a determined, hard-working woman who chose the practical over the trivial." Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"The well-turned, lilting narrative and beautifully matched artwork offers a stirring portrait of a woman of inspiring resourcefulness; the pronounced vertical format subtly emphasizes the heroine's ability to stand tall." Publishers Weekly, Starred