A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book
Brewster is excited about starting first grade . . . until Mama announces that he'll be attending Central—a school in the white part of town. Mama says they have art and music and a library bursting with books, but Brewster isn't so sure he'll fit in.
Being black at a white school isn't easy, and Brewster winds up spending his first day in detention at the library. But there he meets a very special person: Miss O'Grady. The librarian sees into Brewster's heart and gives him not only the gift of books but also the ability to believe in himself.
This powerful and tender story of desegregation in the 1970s introduces readers to the brave young heroes who helped to build a new world.
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||10.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Richard Michelson is the author of many books for adults and children, including As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom, illustrated by Raul Colón, which was a Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner and a National Jewish Book Award Finalist. Richard always hated detention in the principal's office, but, like Brewster, he never minded his many library "time-outs"-and to this day, he loves to be surrounded by books and art.
Robert Roth has illustrated several picture books, including Why Butterflies Go on Silent Wings by Marguerite Davol and Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt. His work has collected many honors, including eight from the Society of Illustrators.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of 8 NY Times Notable Children's Books 0f 2011 2011 National Council for Social Studies–Notable Trade Book “Though broaching the idea of segregation with young children is a sensitive proposition, Busing Brewster helps put a human face on an important issue and shows what “forced busing” felt like to those on the inside.” —San Francisco Book Review “This memorable book looks at what it was like to be a part of the desegregation of schools in America. In addition, it shows readers how books can open up doors in the minds of children; books can help children to see that they do have the power to change their world if they want to.” (read more) —Through The Looking Glass Review “Richard Michelson has written another excellent piece of historical fiction.” —Forwords Books “Busing Brewster (distills the heady topic of forced busing in the 1970s into a story appropriate for elementary schoolers. It's to author Richard Michelson's credit — and the story's success — that he doesn't shy away from thorny details. Though the ending is a hopeful one, the painful history Michelson references should provoke plenty of discussion once the book's covers are closed.” —The Statesman “Michelson tells a small story about a huge issue – the busing of black children to previously all-white schools in the 1970s – and makes it accessible to younger children.” —The News Tribune “This powerful and tender story of desegregation busing in the 1970s introduces readers to the brave young heroes who helped to build a new world.” —Powell’s Books “Richard Michelson, has succeeded, again, in writing an engaging picture book about tough race relations with great sympathy and interest.” —The Odyssey Bookshop “While many teachers cover desegregation in their curriculum, they haven’t had as fine a resource as Busing Brewster. This is definitely a title to add to your classroom collection.” — Picture Book Review
Wow. Just read this for class, what a horrific perpetuation of the misconceptions concerning bussing in Boston. Guess nearly forty years of hindsight and strife means that people can continue to analytically oversimplify such a devastating blow to the Boston Public School system. Perhaps Brooklyn, NY natives that live in North Hampton, MA (a area of Massachusetts nearly two hours away from the afflicted inner city Boston neighborhoods involved in bussing) who list no bibliographic backmatter on the era, nor cite any direct experience in the incident, can write things that are NYT prizewinners? I'd get this book coming out 20 years ago... but really? 2010? Remove the text, and the illustrations show some reality and potential. There certainly exists a need in children's literature to represent this era in Boston's history, but this book does not even begin to address bussing in a practical manner. Issues of hegemony and class stratifying propaganda reign supreme in the text. Until this book is expanded on or rewritten, I'd give it a skip.