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Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys

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Virgie was always begging to go to school with us boys.

"Papa, Mama, can I go too?"

My brothers had doubts. School was seven miles away -- a long way from Mama. Virgie was scarcely big as a field mouse. How could she make the trip? And girls didn't really need school. But I got to thinking: Virgie was free like we were. Free to learn. And didn't girls need to know how to write and add too? Mama and Papa thought so. And one summer, they decided to do something about it.

That was the year Virgie came to school with us boys. And she sure showed us!

"The easy flow of vernacular effortlessly propels the story, and Howard proves herself adept at plucking a large-scale episode from history and adapting it to the scale of a picture book. Lewis's (The Bat Boy and His Violin) luminous watercolors capture both the rhythms of C.C. and Virgie's rural existence and the story's emotional subtext, and his character studies fairly burst with life." -- Publisher's Weekly

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Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Illustrator E.B. Lewis
ISBN 0689877935
Publication Date Jan 6, 2005
Publisher Aladdin
Award Winners Coretta Scott King Award
Language English