Ruth was so excited to take a trip in her family's new car! In the early 1950s, few African Americans could afford to buy cars, so this would be an adventure. But she soon found out that black travelers weren't treated very well in some towns. Many hotels and gas stations refused service to black people. Daddy was upset about something called Jim Crow laws...
Finally, a friendly attendant at a gas station showed Ruth's family The Green Book. It listed all of the places that would welcome black travelers. With this guidebook -- and the kindness of strangers -- Ruth could finally make a safe journey from Chicago to her grandma's house in Alabama.
Ruth's story is fiction, but The Green Book and its role in helping a generation of African American travelers avoid some of the indignities of Jim Crow are historical fact.
"In this powerful picture book, Atlanta playwright Ramsey tells a 1950s story from 'unknown pages in African American history.' Cooper’s glowing, unframed, sepia-toned artwork delivers a strong sense of the period from a child’s viewpoint...A joyful reunion with Grandma brings the book to a warm close. With a long final note about The Green Book, this is a compelling addition to U.S. history offerings." -- Booklist
|Recommended Age||6 - 9|
|Author||Calvin Alexander Ramsey|
|Publication Date||Aug 1, 2010|
|Award Winners||Jane Addams Award|