You Forgot Your Skirt,  Amelia Bloomer! A Very Improper Story

Illustrated by Chesley McLaren

If you like clothes and people with the courage to skirt conventions and address injustice, then Amelia Bloomer and her unfitting ideas will charm the pants off you! This rebellious reformer and early women’s rights activist invented bloomers, which liberated women from the dangerous and oppressive clothing of the mid-nineteenth century. Buoyant, witty text conveys a serious subject in a manner that never takes itself too seriously. Beautiful, high-styled illustrations make a fashionable splash.

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      • A Publishers Weekly Flying Start

      • A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book

      • A Booklist Editors’ Choice 

      • A Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award 


      • A Children’s Literature Choice

      • An NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Book

      • A Parents’ Choice Approved Award Winner

What people are saying:

“Appealing. You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer! is a picture book girls are likely to love.” —The New York Times

“Modern rebels meet a kindred spirit in Corey and McLaren’s exuberant debut that introduces feminist pioneer Amelia Bloomer. In a breezy and delightfully chic manner, Corey and McLaren tell an inspiring tale of nonconformity.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“As deliciously subversive a picture book as has turned up in some time. With a bouncy, winsome text and fabulous illustrations, Corey tells the story of Amelia Bloomer, who was ‘NOT a proper lady.’” —Booklist, starred review

“Shana and McLaren debut with a tale of an intelligent woman who had strong opinions and possessed the courage to express them. Bloomer, of course, was the 19th-century feminist who. . . turned her attention to the insanity of ladies’ clothing. The story of her famous invention is funny, and wise, and certain to have children smiling.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A funny, disdainful look at the early 19th-century proprieties that set the scene for the women’s rights movement. Text and pictures flow easily and energetically with comic views of ladies in their lavish, lusciously colored dresses. Dressed in a well-shaped story, this entertaining lesson in social history will be especially enjoyed as read-aloud fare.” —School Library Journal

“‘Amelia Bloomer was NOT a proper lady. In fact, Amelia Bloomer thought proper ladies were silly.’ With this attention-grabbing but hyperbolized opening, Corey launches into a beginner biography of the woman who briefly rocked the nineteenth-century American fashion world with her liberating, eccentric pantaloon-styled garb.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Three cheers for Shana Corey who has, with light-hearted prose and clear-headed intent, told the story of a pioneering 19th-century suffragette, Amelia Bloomer. Best known for her efforts to reform the dress code, Amelia never stopped working for women’s rights, and this breezy, factual account of her life and work should appeal to a wide audience. A 2000 Parents’ Choice Approved Award Winner.” —Parents’ Choice

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