Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea

A Fairly Fabricated Story
of a Pair of Pants

This post is part of Nonfiction Monday 
hosted today by Gathering Books

(pub. 9.13.2011)  32 pages 

A True Tale with A Cherry On Top 

A uthor: Tony Johnston
and illustrator:  Stacy Innerst

C haracter: Levi Strauss
O verview from the publisher: 
        "What's a California miner to do when gold dust sifts right out of his holey pockets? With such a raggedy wardrobe, he may as well be mining in the vanilla - that is, his birthday suit!  Good thing Levi Strauss is out west, ready with his needle and a head full of bright ideas. With some quick thinking, quicker stitching, and handy arithmetic, Levi keeps all the gold rushers clothed - and become a modern American hero."
T antalizing taste: 
       "GOLD! somebody yelled. Next thing anybody knew, the whole world rushed to California an started digging up the place. The trouble was, they rushed so fast, they lost their pants.'"

and something more:   In Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea, Tony Johnston weaves, sews and tailors a wonderfully humorous tale about Levi Strauss.  I love that Stacy Innerst chose to paint the pictures on old Levi's.  Since I live in Levi Strauss territory (San Francisco area), I often walk through the lovely Levi Plaza. And there's a fun set of displays featuring the history of Levi's in the visitors center at Levis headquarters there at 1155 Battery Street.  Gotta love Levis!

1 comment:

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Yay! Another picture book biography and bright ideas! I am hoping we have this in our libraries here. Yes, I totally agree with you about San Francisco area being Levi Strauss territory - my husband can drown in there, he loves loves loves Levis. :) Thank you for sharing this and for participating in this week's nonfiction Monday.