Who Was Levi Strauss? (Who Was?)

by Ellen Labrecque (Author) Stephen Marchesi (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?

How did an immigrant who sold sewing supplies in New York City reinvent himself in the American West by creating the most iconic pair of pants in the world? Find out in this addition to the Who HQ library!

As a young working-class German immigrant, Levi Strauss left his family's dry goods business in New York City to journey out west for the California Gold Rush. Only Levi wasn't looking for gold -- he wanted to provide the miners with sturdy clothes to wear while they worked in the dusty river beds. His solution? Blue jeans -- pants made of strong denim fabric -- which have become one of the most beloved and fashionable clothing items in the world.

Who Was Levi Strauss? follows the remarkable journey of this American businessman, and takes a look at how one man and a pair of pants changed fashion and the world forever.

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Ellen Labrecque
Ellen Labrecque is a former Senior Editor for Sports Illustrated for Kids and the author of over twenty nonfiction books for young readers, including biographies of Jim Thorpe and Magic Johnson.
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9780448488561
Lexile Measure
930L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
March 20, 2021
Series
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF025200 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States/19th Century
JNF007020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Historical
JNF059000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Clothing & Dress
Library of Congress categories
History
Biographies
United States
Jeans (Clothing)
Clothing trade
Businessmen
Strauss, Levi
Levi Strauss and Company

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