The Gold Cadillac

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Lois and Wilma are proud of their father's brand-new gold Cadillac, and excited that the family will be driving it all the way from Ohio to Mississippi. But as they travel deeper into the rural South, there are no admiring glances for the shiny new car; only suspicion and anger for the black man behind the wheel. For the first time in their lives, Lois and her sister know what it's like to feel scared because of the color of their skin. A personal, poignant look at a black child's first experience with ...

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Overview

Lois and Wilma are proud of their father's brand-new gold Cadillac, and excited that the family will be driving it all the way from Ohio to Mississippi. But as they travel deeper into the rural South, there are no admiring glances for the shiny new car; only suspicion and anger for the black man behind the wheel. For the first time in their lives, Lois and her sister know what it's like to feel scared because of the color of their skin. A personal, poignant look at a black child's first experience with institutional racism. —The New York Times

Two black girls living in the North are proud of their family's beautiful new Cadillac until they take it on a visit to the South and encounter racial prejudice for the first time.

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Gr 2-3 In this quiet story, `lois explains a child's perspective of her fears when she, her sister Wilma, and their parents drive from Ohio to visit relatives in Mississippi in 1950. When `lois' father buys a new gold Cadillac, his wife refuses to ride in ituntil he declares his intentions to visit his parents in the South. Then the whole family goes, caravan style, for it's ``a mighty dangerous thing, for a black man to drive an expensive car into the rural South.'' `lois and Wilma are disquieted by the increasing appearance of ``white only, colored not allowed'' signs as they drive further south. After white policemen humiliate and arrest their father, they do visit their grandparents, but the trip results in their father giving up the car when they return home, realizing that it was pulling the family apart. Full-page sepia paintings effectively portray the characters, setting, and mood of the story events as Hays ably demonstrates his understanding of the social and emotional environments which existed for blacks during this period. `lois' first-person narrative allows readers to understand the youthful perspective on the dehumanizing intentions of racism. Clear language and logical, dramatic sequencing of story events make this story bittersweet for adult readers but important for the social development of beginning readers. Helen E. Williams, University of Maryland, College Park
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140389630
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 150,073
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Mildred D. Taylor is the author of nine novels including The Road to Memphis, Let the Circle Be Unbroken, The Land, and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Her books have won numerous awards, among them a Newbery Medal (for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry), four Coretta Scott King Awards, and a Boston Globe—Horn Book Award. Her book The Land was awarded the L.A. Times Book Prize and the PEN Award for Children’s Literature. In 2003, Ms. Taylor was named the First Laureate of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.
                Mildred Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Toledo, she served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia for two years and then spent the next year traveling throughout the United States, working and recruiting for the Peace Corps. At the University of Colorado’s School of Journalism, she helped created a Black Studies program and taught in the program for two years. Ms. Taylor has worked as a proofreader-editor and as program coordinator for an international house and a community free school. She now devotes her time to her family, writing, and what she terms “the family ranch” in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    To: rather dull

    WHAT on earth is your problem ALL the books in this series are great and of "quality"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2009

    Rather Dull

    I read it as a grad student for my multicultural literature class and as I am reading this I kept thinking to myself, the students I have worked with (3rd grade) would be bored to tears if they had to read this or even have this read to them, especially the boys. The plot moves along quickly with little character development. I also did not find it to be of great literary quality. Bottom line-if I'm bored reading it, there is almost no chance students are going to be interested.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2005

    This book was sweet

    The Gold Cadillac This book is great go get it. This book is about a a dad,a mom,two little girls and a sweet sweet sweet gold cadillac the two little girls Lois and wilma'sfather has a brand new gold cadillac leather and fur seats moma did not like it because they didn't have the last car for even a year they were going down south to mississippi were whites did not like black people i Recommended:The well,hear my cry,Let the circle be unbroken,The road to mephis,The friendship and The roll of thunder. sweet book fo real

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2003

    This book has a lot of history

    ¿Wilma and `Lois ran up to him and their eyes were filled with curiosity as he stepped out the wheel.¿ Wilma and `Lois were playing outside when their father arrived in a Cadillac. The girls were very excited as their mom went outside, the mom got mad with the dad because their Mercury was not even a year old and he sold it to get that gold Cadillac. Everybody was very excited when they heard of their new Cadillac. The dad wanted to take a trip to the South in the Cadillac. Both girls and their mom went to the South with their dad. While they were there the girls asked why were there signs that said, ¿WHITES ONLY.¿ While they were there, their dad got arrested because they thought he stole the Cadillac because they were African Americans. At the end they returned to their house and the dad sold the Cadillac and they got a different car. I liked this book because it tells me more about the life of an African American in the south. But I did not like how the white people treated the African Americans because they were not the same color. I recommend this historical fiction book called The Gold Cadillac. By Mildred D. Taylor to people who want to know more about an African- American¿s life in the South.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2002

    A Cute And Educational Book For Readers

    When these two sisters dad brings home a gold cadillac they love the car the minute they see it!But there mother is angry at the father for buying the car when he could have paid bills with the money he bought the cadillac with.The father decides one day they should take a ride in the cadillac...A ride this family will never forget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2002

    Great Book To Read

    The little girl's farther bought a shiney cadillac witch her mother did not like. Oneday, they went on a trip down south, where they had the slavery. The girl's mother did not want to go because someone might steal it.

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