Grandmama's Prideby Becky Birtha, Colin Bootman
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
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 before. As Sarah Marie tries to make sense of the world around her, she’s left wondering if life in the South will ever change.
"Told in Sarah Marie's voice, this slice of dramatic history will touch both heart and mind." Booklist
"The strong, sensitive writing is enhanced by beautiful watercolor paintings filled with chips of light." School Library Journal
"Bittersweet nostalgia and a gentle introduction to an important and painful piece of our national past." Kirkus Reviews
Meet the Author
Becky Birtha often traveled by bus as a child to visit family in Virginia. Remembering those trips gave her the idea for Grandmama’s Pride. She lives in Pennsylvania.
Colin Bootman was born in Trinidad. He moved to the United States when he was seven, but the vibrant palette of the Caribbean has always influenced his painting. In 2004, he received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award. He lives in New York.
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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.