Grandmama's Prideby Colin Bootman (Illustrator), Becky Birtha
Six-year-old Sarah Marie, her mother, and her little sister travel down south to visit Grandmama in the summer of 1956. Grandmama makes every effort to shield her granddaughters from the prejudice that still plagues her town. But as Sarah Marie learns to read, she notices Grandmama’s town is filled with signs and rules that she’s never understood
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Grandmama's Pride is a truly wonderful book. It describes the events in the eyes of a six year old girl, Sarah Marie as she visits her grandmama in the south. It is 1956 and segregation is still a huge issue for African Americans. The little girl is unable to read at first and doesn't realize the signs that allow only whites to use the better facilities including drinking fountains and sitting in the front of the bus.Her grandmama just tells her that they have two good feet for walking and better food at home. However, Aunt Maria teaches her to read and suddenly realizes what all of the different signs say. She learns that some people are hateful and do not understand equality. The next summer things are very different and Sarah Marie is very happy to be able to sit at restaurants and use the same nicer bathrooms as the whites. This is an extraordinary illustrated story that would be a great starter to teach young children about segregation and the way things used to be only about 50 years ago.
This book describes the feelings of those victimized of racism through the eyes of an African-American six year old girl. This would be a great introduction to students when teaching about the times of segregation during the 1950's. Plus, the illustrations are beautiful.