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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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"An African American nun challenges the beliefs of her second-grade students in this thought-provoking picture book set in the 1960s."--Publishers Weekly

Sister Anne’s hands are brown, and Anna’s hands are white.
 
It’s the early 1960s, and Anna has never seen a person with dark skin before. At first she is afraid of her new

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"An African American nun challenges the beliefs of her second-grade students in this thought-provoking picture book set in the 1960s."--Publishers Weekly

Sister Anne’s hands are brown, and Anna’s hands are white.
 
It’s the early 1960s, and Anna has never seen a person with dark skin before. At first she is afraid of her new second-grade teacher. But Anna quickly finds that there’s no reason to be scared. Sister Anne is wonderful. She likes jokes and she makes math and reading fun. But then someone sails a paper airplane to her, with a cruel message written on its wings. Sister Anne’s wise way of turning a painful incident into a powerful learning experience has a profound impact on Anna and her classmates. 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 and about the pain that ignorance can cause.”—The Horn Book

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:
620,681
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

The majority of Marybeth Lorbiecki’s books are award-winners. With more than twenty titles, Marybeth brings to her writing her experiences as a children’s book editor, mom, teacher, marketing copywriter, journalist, youth worker, international Rotarian ambassador, graduate student in literature, and post graduate student in philosophy. (Someday she’ll find a way to work in something about being a lens grinder, factory worker, bakery clerk, waitress, park landscape assistant, museum receptionist, etc.) Her themes often center on people's relationships—to each other and to the land.

Many of her books bring history alive for younger readers, tackling difficult topics: racism, guns, war, environmental challenges—yet they have a lighter side and a drama that allow younger readers to look at these issues with hope and courage.

She has a compatriot in the arts in her husband, David Mataya—a designer, artist, and musician. They have three great kids—Nadja, Mirjana, and Dmitri. They live in Hudson, Wisconsin, where they enjoy the nearby rivers and woods.

The writings of Marybeth Lorbiecki have earned numerous awards, including: Children's Choice List, New York Public Library Pick of the Lists, Storytellers World Award Chicago Tribune, Pick of the Lists IRA Best Books of the Year (starred), Notable Social Studies Trade Books, Bank Street College Children's Books of the Year, Independent Publishers Book Award, New York Public Library Notable Trade Book for Young People in Social Studies, in Literary Arts Pick of the Lists by the American Library Association, Living the Dream Award from Manhattan Country School, Benjamin Franklin Award, Publishers Marketing Association, Best of Show from Midwest Independent Publisher Association, Distinguished Service to History Award from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Parents Choice Award, Boston Globe Pick of the Lists, ABA Kids' Pick of the ListsJunior Literary Guild, Minnesota Book Award in Biography and History, Science Books and Films List of Best Children's Books.

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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.