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Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood up by Sitting Down

by Andrea Davis Pinkney
     
 

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It was February 1, 1960.
They didn't need menus. Their order was simple.

A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side.

This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for

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It was February 1, 1960.
They didn't need menus. Their order was simple.

A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side.

This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement.

Andrea Davis Pinkney uses poetic, powerful prose to tell the story of these four young men, who followed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words of peaceful protest and dared to sit at the "whites only" Woolworth's lunch counter. Brian Pinkney embraces a new artistic style, creating expressive paintings filled with emotion that mirror the hope, strength, and determination that fueled the dreams of not only these four young men, but also countless others.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
It was 50 years ago when four students decided to sit at the whites only counter at a Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina. Today a piece of that lunch counter is in the National Museum of American History and Franklin McCain who was one of the original participants was part of the ribbon cutting ceremony at the same building that once housed the Woolworth's store, which is now the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Andrea Pinkney's tight but almost poetic text takes us through the initial days and uses wonderful imagery such as comparing the goal of integration to a recipe "Combine black with white to make sweet justice." The number of students sitting at the counter grew and they didn't move, they ordered but no food ever came. They wanted a doughnut and coffee with cream on the side—what a clever choice. Since they were not breaking the law there was little that the police or store could do. There method of protesting spread across the south and Brian Pinkney's illustration of a lunch counter with many student just swirls across a spread. It effectively shows how the protest stretched from North Carolina to towns in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Virginia. It was not always peaceful or pleasant as food was dumped or thrown on these protesting students who practiced peace while others showed hatred. The protests moved from lunch counters to other public places and eventually the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was formed. Eventually with the initiative of President Kennedy and final action by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed and it banned segregation in public places. The trifold celebrates the success of integration and once again Andrea Pinkey recites her recipe for integration. The closing pages offer a Civil Rights Timeline and facts about the original sit-in, plus a wealth of sources for even more information. A wonderful book for all students and particularly useful for Black History Month and to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Through effectively chosen words, Andrea Pinkney brings understanding and meaning to what four black college students accomplished on February 1, 1960, by sitting down at a Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, NC. Her repeated phrase, "Their order was simple. A doughnut and coffee with cream on the side," along with other food metaphors, effectively emphasizes the men's determination to undo the injustices of segregation in a peaceful protest, which eventually led up to the 1966 Supreme Court ruling against racial discrimination. With swirling swabs of color that masterfully intertwine with sometimes thin, sometimes thick lines, Brian Pinkney cleverly centers the action and brings immediacy to the pages. Both the words and the art offer many opportunities for discussion. The book concludes with a civil rights time line and an update on the aftermath of the lunch-counter struggle.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
Publishers Weekly
The latest collaboration by this husband-and-wife team (the Caldecott Honor book Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra) recreates the renowned 1960 sit-in staged by four black college students at a Greensboro “whites only” lunch counter. The narrative incorporates a steady stream of food metaphors, noting that the students ignored the law’s “recipe” for segregation (“a bitter mix”) replacing it the “new brew” of integration. Unfortunately, this device is more trite than moving (“Their order was simple: A double dose of peace, with nonviolence on the side”) and, at times, can come across as glib. Brief quotations by Martin Luther King Jr. appear in large, blocky text, emphasizing his influence on the actions of this quartet as well as those who followed their lead, staging sit-ins across the South. Brian Pinkney’s sinuous watercolor and ink art conveys the solidity and determination of the activists as well as a building energy that grew out of their act of civil disobedience. A succinct civil rights time line and additional facts and suggested reading about the topic round out this account. Ages 6–up. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316070164
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
02/03/2010
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
140,905
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the author of many acclaimed picture books and young adult novels, and she received a Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor for Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters. She is a children's book editor at a major publishing company.

Brian Pinkney has illustrated numerous books for children, including two Caldecott Honor books, and he has written and illustrated several of his own books. Brian has received the Coretta Scott King Book Award for Illustration and three Coretta Scott King Book Award Honor medals.

Andrea and Brian are a husband-and-wife team who live with their children in New York City.

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