Goldie Takes a Stand

Golda Meir's First Crusade

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Even at the age of nine, little Golda Meir was known for being a leader. As the president of the American Young Sisters Society, she organizes her friends to raise money to buy textbooks for immigrant classmates. A glimpse at the early life of Israel’s first female prime minister, who was born in Russia and grew up in Milwaukee, this story is based on a true episode in the early life of Golda Meir.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007000, JNF007120, JNF007110
Dewey 956.94053092aB
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9 x 11
Lexile 630
ATOS Reading Level 3.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 173880
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2015
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor, Runner-up, 2015


Jewish Book World

“This is a lovely addition to the biography shelf for the youngest readers” — starred review, Jewish Book World

Jewish Journal

“it is a pleasure to find this new release for very young children relating a specific incident in the life of young Golda Meir. Many little girls will find a kindred spirit in the story of Golda Mabowehz, a take-charge kind of kid” — Jewish Journal


“The text does ably capture a decisive Goldie, and what’s especially fun here is the artwork, particularly the images of the girls – a nest of almost doll-like figures.” — Booklist

School Library Journal

“A solid choice for read-alouds, it could spark discussions about service learning, immigration, leadership, and inspiring female role models. Goldie’s strong voice comes through, and the conversational tone makes it accessible for readers.” — School Library Journal

Author: Barbara Krasner

Barbara Krasner publishes the popular blog, The Whole Megillah: The Writer's Resource for Jewish-Themed Story. She is the author of many articles, short stories, poems, and books. She lives in New Jersey and teaches in the English and History departments of New Jersey colleges and universities.

Illustrator: Kelsey Garrity-Riley

Kelsey Garrity-Riley grew up in Germany and Belgium before moving to the United States. She received a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and continues to live in Savannah with her husband.