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Sister Anne's Hands
     

Sister Anne's Hands

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by Marybeth Lorbiecki, Wendy Popp (Illustrator)
 

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It's the early 1960s, and Anna has never seen a person with dark skin-until she meets Sister Anne. At first she is afraid of her new teacher, but she quickly discovers how wonderful Sister Anne is. Then one of Anna's classmates directs a racist remark toward Sister Anne. The teacher's wise way of turning the incident into a powerful learning experience has a profound

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It's the early 1960s, and Anna has never seen a person with dark skin-until she meets Sister Anne. At first she is afraid of her new teacher, but she quickly discovers how wonderful Sister Anne is. Then one of Anna's classmates directs a racist remark toward Sister Anne. The teacher's wise way of turning the incident into a powerful learning experience has a profound impact on Anna. This moving, timeless tale is perfectly illustrated with luminous, glowing paintings.

"With humor and understanding, Lorbiecki writes about a young girl's coming to terms with racial differences." -The Horn Book

Awards:

( A Child Study Children's Book Committee Children's Book of the Year
( Winner of a 1999 Storytelling World Award

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Kelly
When seven-year-old Anna overhears her parents talking about her new teacher, wondering "how a woman of her color is going to survive," she wonders what color her teacher will be. "Purple? Green? Orange?" But when she arrives at her 1960s parochial school for the first day of second grade, she meets Sister Anne, who has the darkest skin she has ever seen. Sister Anne loves jokes and stories, and proves to be the most fun of any teacher Anna has ever had. When one of Anna's classmates makes a mean comment about the nun's color, Sister Anne decides it is time to educate her class about racism. Popp's beautifully rendered pastel illustrations place the book in a slightly sentimentalized past even as the text acknowledges the problems of segregation. Sister Anne herself appears unnaturally serene in each illustration, more like a statue than the lively teacher the text describes. However, the parochial school setting and gentle introduction to the civil rights struggle make this book a unique offering.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
he illustrator's extensive investigations of the sixties show clearly. The softness of tones and realism recreate the balance of the story's difficult message and lilting prose.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140565348
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
383,605
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Sister Anne's Hands 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DJSuzyQ More than 1 year ago
Great story. My Kindergarten students loved it. Very moving and leads to a great discussion.