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In the segregated south, a young girl thinks that she can drink from a fountain marked "Whites Only" because she is wearing her white socks. Her forbidden drink from the fountain leads to defiant moment of community resistance.

"Subtle and stirring, this tale-within-a-tale begins with an affectionate exchange between an African American girl and her grandmother, then telescopes to encompass an electrifying moment fraught with personal and political significance." -- Publisher's Weekly

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Grandma tells of sneaking off to town one sizzling summer day when she was a child, "planning on doing no good." Approaching a water fountain, the thirsty girl mistakes its "Whites Only" sign to mean that she should take off her shoes so that only her white socks will touch the step stool. A "big white man" grabs her and removes his belt to whip her-prompting African American bystanders to remove their shoes, too, and defiantly drink from the fountain." -- Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Evelyn Coleman
Illustrator Tyrone Geter
ISBN 080758956X
Publication Date Jan 1, 1996
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company
Language English