Goin' Someplace Special

Goin' Someplace Special


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There's a place in this 1950s southern town where all are welcome, no matter what their skin color...and 'Tricia Ann knows exactly how to get there. To her, it's someplace special and she's bursting to go by herself.
When her grandmother sees that she's ready to take such a big step, 'Tricia Ann hurries to catch the bus heading downtown. But unlike the white passengers, she must sit in the back behind the Jim Crow sign and wonder why life's so unfair.
Still, for each hurtful sign seen and painful comment heard, there's a friend around the corner reminding 'Tricia Ann that she's not alone. And even her grandmother's words — "You are somedbody, a human being — no better, no worse than anybody else in this world" — echo in her head, lifting her spirits and pushing her forward.
Patricia C. McKissack's poignant story of growing up in the segregated South and Jerry Pinkney's rich, detailed watercolors lead readers to the doorway of freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689818851
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 598,233
Product dimensions: 8.75(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Patricia C. McKissack is the author of many highly acclaimed books for children, including Goin' Someplace Special, a Coretta Scott King Award
winner; The Honest-to-Goodness Truth; Let My People Go, written with her
husband, Fredrick, and recipient of the NAACP Image Award; The Dark-Thirty, a Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Award winner; and Mirandy and Brother Wind, recipient of the Caldecott Medal and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Goin' Someplace Special 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Journey to a special place inside this book. Take a step back in history to a time some of us do not know about. What did "Tricia Ann learn as she went on her journey to someplace special? You may find the answer in this book Goin' Someplace Special. Plus you'll hear some words of wisdom & encouragement. Also look for a special quote inside the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book to a fourth grade class and they enjoyed hearing it as much as I enjoyed reading it. It is good for all kids who know about Segregation. This book is not only for kids, it is also a great book for adults who want to know what it was like to be one of the Africa American kids back in the fifties. Everyone will enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia C.Mckissack is a book for young readers. Written in the 1950's,the story is about a girl who wanted to go someplace special. The main characters were Tricia Ann, the brave one and Mama Frances her grandmother. The girl wanted to go to a place where there were no white only signs. The book made me feel bad because I didn't like how they were treating blacks. If I wrote this story I would change how they were treating blacks.
kris0812 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a heartwarming story about segregation in the south and the one place that voted against Jim Crow and welcomed everyone¿the library. The detailed watercolors build character, from the look of love in Mama Frances¿s eyes to the look of anguish and dejection in Tricia Ann¿s face and body language. The paintings also add details that words cannot supply to the many stops along Tricia Ann¿s way to her ¿someplace special.¿ Teaching ideas include: history of slavery, segregation, and civil rights, freedom that can be found for everyone in libraries and literature, building setting through words and art, and building character through words and art.
kmacphee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
ESL classroom use: introduction to African American culture, sentence structure.
HollyRogers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Goin' someplace special" is about a young girl named Tricia Ann who was determined to go visit her special place all by herself. Once out by herself Tricia Ann begins to really notice all the racism and hate but Tricia Ann just keeps her head up and doesn¿t let it get to her.This book takes a really touchy subject and exposes it in a settle manner that is very appropriate for children. I like it. I would use this book in a history lesson to give the students an example of just what it was like in the days of heavy racism and hate.
Ronneisha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ann wants to go to her special place on her own. Usually her grandma would go with her, but she begs her to let her go alone. Her grandma reminds her of what she has taught her throughout her life. Ann is very excited, but when she gets on the bus, she gets very upset. Ann doesn't understand why there are different sections for blacks and whites. Ann gets discouraged and wishes her grandmother would've cam with her. She then remembers what her grandmother has taught her and she continues her journey.
ecosborne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tricia Ann is a young African American girl in the 1950s who has been allowed to travel by herself into town. Along the way she gets upset about the injustices visited upon the African Americans. But she knows one place that anyone can go to and that is the public library. It is quite a good book addressing the issue of segregation but also about a child finding that special place where they can be themselves with no rules.
CrystalRushton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Goin¿ Someplace Special is a wonderful story of a young African-American girl named Tricia Ann and follows her on her first journey across town on her own. As Tricia Ann travels to her ¿someplace special¿ she faces racism and discrimination. Tricia is hurt by the prejudice she faces, but her grandmother is able to offer kind words to help make her feel better. Along with the help of her grandmother, Tricia Ann finally arrives at her ¿someplace special¿, which is the public library where all are welcome. The story takes place in Nashville during the 1950s.This book has beautiful illustrations done by Jerry Pinkney and is wonderful to use as a mentor text in the classroom because it can be used to help teach students about civil rights and discrimination. In addition, the touching story about Tricia Ann really allows the reader to feel the hurt that she is feeling and explore how painful discrimination really is. I would recommend this book for independent reading for students in K-2 and it is also an excellent mentor text to read aloud throughout the elementary grades.
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tricia Ann encounters segregation and injustice as she goes by herself for the first time to find a special place where she feels welcome.
acwheeler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This award winning picture book discusses in the south 1950 through the eyes of a young girl. It follows her throughout the day as she experiences discrimination first hand on her way to the library.
ermilligan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an award-winning picture book that is based in the south in the 1950s through the eyes of a young girl. It speaks of the experiences of discrimination she receives first hand on a day by day basis. It taks place in a newly intergrated public library.
aconant05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a young girl who is excited to visit "someplace special" but becomes discouraged by unfair segregation along the way.
kmsmith13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a little girl who is trying to go somewhere special. Being African American in the time frame the book was set - getting to her special place is difficult. The little girl is very brave and finally gets to the place she feels free - the library.
meotoole on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great story that offers great insight into the world during the Civil Rights Movement!
girlsmama More than 1 year ago
Goin' Someplace special by Patricia C. McKissack and illustrator Jerry Pinkney bring home a storybook with a rich story, beautiful illustrations and a historical reference point for kids, mine especially had little idea about what the Jim Crowe segregation laws in the South might have felt like to a girl their age back in the '50's. A 12 yr old girl named Tricia Ann is taking a trip to "Someplace Special" all by herself in a downtown southern town. She needs to ride the bus to get there and encounters all sorts of prejudice on her way to "sompelace special"- armed with encouraging words from her Grandmother that "No matter what, Hold yo' head up and act like you b'long to somebody" ,she finally makes it to her destination and is glad that she did. This book was a Corett Scott King Winner, deservedly so, I believe this book is to storybooks what "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett is to novels- a fictional account of segregation that packs an important message- we don't ever want to go back here. I would recommend this book for young school aged children- I think it would go over the head of a pre-schooler.