Monday, November 25, 2019

A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley, Amy Nathan

Set back in the days of segregation, Floyd Cooper's illustrations take you back there.  Here's a look at history.  It's something that shouldn't have happened but did.  This little black girl lives next to a park and wants to ride the carousel.  The owner uses her color as a reason to say no.  But not everyone is happy with that.

Abrams Books For Young Readers sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published in January of 2020.

In 1963, people began protesting and it wasn't just black people.  This gives you the highlights of their efforts to end segregation.  It was a spirited battle but a peaceful one.  Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech at this time.

What was most impressive was that the little black girl was the first to get ride the carousel.  Her father rode with her and helped any little one that needed it, not noticing color.  This is a sweet story, even if it is about racism.  It's just sad that all these years later racism still exists.

1 comment:

Amy Nathan said...

Thanks for including this book in your list. You're right, it is "sad that all these years later racism still exists." But maybe books like this can help a new generation have different attitudes and help change what still needs to be changed."