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White Socks Only

When Grandma was a little girl in Mississippi, she sneaked into town one day. It was a hot day — the kind of hot where a firecracker might light up by itself. But when this little girl saw the "Whites Only" sign on the water fountain, she had no idea what she would spark when she took off her shoes and, wearing her clean white socks, stepped up to drink.

Framed as a tale to a granddaughter about the moment her misunderstanding prompted a moment of powerful community action, bravery, defiance, and a touch of magic win out over hatred in this acclaimed story by Evelyn Coleman. Tyrone Geter's paintings richly evoke its heat, mood, and legendary spirit. This picture book provides a personal face to stories about Jim Crow policies and the effects of prejudice.

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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