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Who was Clara Barton?
Spinner, Stephanie, author.
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Publication Information:
New York, New York, USA : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]

Physical Description:
103 pages, 3 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Profiles the life and accomplishments of Clara Barton, a teacher who organized efforts to bring nursing care to wounded soldiers during the Civil War and who went on to become the founder of the American Red Cross.
Reading Level:
960 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.4 1.0 168842.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 7.5 4 Quiz: 64283.
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Central Library HV569.B3 S67 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Biography
Audubon Library HV569.B3 S67 2014 Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Series
Clarence Library HV569.B3 S67 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Series
Clearfield Library HV569.B3 S67 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Hamburg Library HV569.B3 S67 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Kenmore Library HV569.B3 S67 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Orchard Park Library HV569.B3 S67 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library HV569.B3 S67 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
East Aurora Library HV569.B3 S67 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Clarissa "Clara" Barton was a shy girl who grew up to become a teacher, nurse, and humanitarian. At a time when few women worked outside the home, she became the first woman to hold a government job, as a patent clerk in Washington, DC. In 1864, she was appointed "lady in charge" of the hospitals at the front lines of the Union Army, where she became known as the "Angel of the Battlefield." Clara Barton built a career helping others. She went on to found the American Red Cross, one of her greatest accomplishments, and one of the most recognized organizations in the world.

Author Notes

Stephanie Spinner was born in Davenport, Iowa and attended college in Bennington, Vermont. After graduation, she moved to New York City and took a job in publishing. Needing a break, she traveled around the world including stops in London, Morocco, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. She spent many years painting thangkas before taking another job in the publishing industry. She became a children's book editor and eventually became a full time author. Her works include Aliens for Breakfast and Aliens for Lunch with co-author Jonathan Etra, Aliens for Dinner, and Damosel. Aliens for Breakfast won the Texas Bluebonnet Award.

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Who Was Clara Barton? Who Was Clara Barton? Who Was Clara Barton? In 1833, when Clara Barton was eleven, her brother David fell off the roof of the barn on her family's farm. He didn't break any bones, but he did get very sick. Clara decided to take care of him. She cleaned his wounds, changed his bandages, and brought him his meals. For two years she almost never left his side. By the time David recovered, Clara was very good at nursing. Everything she'd done to help her brother seemed to come naturally to her. So when dozens of children in her Massachusetts town came down with smallpox, Clara nursed them, too. She knew that she might get smallpox, but that didn't stop her. The children needed her help. Over the course of her long, busy life, Clara Barton never stopped helping and healing people. She started schools for poor children, nursed wounded soldiers during the Civil War, and fought long and hard to bring the Red Cross to the United States. Under her leadership, the Red Cross won fame for its treatment of disaster victims and set new standards for public service. Barton also transformed the nursing profession, strengthened the women's movement, and inspired volunteer organizations all over the world. Once a shy small-town girl, Clara Barton became a true force for change. She was a woman to be reckoned with. Chapter 1 Six Mothers and Fathers Clarissa Harlow Barton, born in North Oxford, Massachusetts, on Christmas Day of 1821, was her parents' fifth child. She was the baby of the family, and her two sisters and two brothers were much older than she was. In Clara's household, everybody, not just her parents, told her what to do. It was almost like having six parents instead of two. But Clara was lucky--five of the six were interested in taking good care of her and making sure she learned the important things in life. Her father, Captain Stephen Barton, taught her about military history. Once an army officer in the Northwest Indian War of 1785-1795, he liked to sit by the fire and talk about his adventures. Clara would spend hours acting out different battles with him, which they both enjoyed very much. Excerpted from Who Was Clara Barton? by Stephanie Spinner All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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