Six-year-old Sarah Marie, her mother, and her little sister travel down south to visit Grandmama in the summer of 1956. Grandmama makes every effort to shield her granddaughters from the prejudice that still plagues her town. But as Sarah Marie learns to read, she notices Grandmama’s town is filled with signs and rules that she’s never understood before. As Sarah Marie tries to make sense of the world around her, she’s left wondering if life in the South will ever change.
Young readers will empathize with Sarah Marie's confusion in the face of segregation, and rejoice along with her when it ends and Grandmama's scowl turns into a smile of pride. This book, which includes an author's note about the history of segregation, provides a gentle introduction to this painful part of American history
"As they travel south by bus, their mother explains that the best seats are at the back. At a rest stop, most travelers head for the lunch counter, but Mama reminds her daughters that she has packed them a delicious lunch. When they arrive at their destination, six-year-old Sarah Marie notices the two separate waiting rooms and wonders why her grandmother is waiting in the one without seats. The gentle tone of Birtha's writing reflects the quiet dignity with which the adults in Sarah Marie's family meet the indignities of Jim Crow law... This story will generate discussions on a range of topics including racial segregation, bullying, and self-respect." — Mary Hazelton, School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||5 - 9|
|Publication Date||Jan 1, 2005|
|Publisher||Albert Whitman & Company|