Cracking the Wall: The Struggles of the Little Rock Nineby Eileen Lucas, Mark Anthony
A brief introduction to the nine African-American students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.
Gr 1-5 - In 1957, nine African-American teenagers made history by integrating Central High School in Little Rock, AR. There was danger, and the young men and women involved showed the strength of character necessary to clear the way so that others might follow. The book by Eileen Lucas (Carolrhoda Books, 1997) celebrates their achievement. Charles Turner reads the simple yet effective narrative, enhancing the dialogue with unique voices for each character. Occasional music and sound effects add emotional emphasis. While the watercolor illustrations by Mark Anthony suit the text well and will be appreciated by students in small listening centers, the story has enough power to stand alone, making this a good choice for a whole-class listening activity. An excellent selection for Black History month, the powerful and inspirational message is worth hearing year round.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WACopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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