February 26 Birthday: LEVI STRAUS GETS A BRIGHT IDEA

Levi Straus, inventor, businessmen
b. February 26, 1829
d. Sept. 26, 1902


Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea
(Hougthton Mifflin, 2011)

by Tony Johnston
illustrated by Stacy Innerst

Overview

Wild West chaos and creative problem solving are the force behind a well-loved American institution.
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 becomes a modern American hero. A Wild West tall tale, Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea celebrates creativity, innovation, and the ubiquitous item that fills the closets of grateful jeans wearers worldwide.
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