Sarah Jean's Uncle Jed was the only black barber in the county. He had a kind heart and a warm smile. And he had a dream.
Living in the segregated South of the 1920's, where most people were sharecroppers. Uncle Jed had to travel all over the county to cut his customers' hair. He lived for the day when he could open his very own barbershop. But it was a long time, and many setbacks, from five-year-old Sarah Jean's emergency operation to the bank failures of the Great Depression, before the joyful day when Uncle Jed opened his shiny new shop and twirled a now grown-up Sarah Jean around in the barber chair.
With James Ransome's richly colored paintings brimming with life, this is a stirring story of dreams long deferred and finally realized.
|Product dimensions:||9.00(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.20(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 7 Years|
About the Author
James E. Ransome’s highly acclaimed illustrations for Knock, Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me won the 2014 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. His other award-winning titles include Coretta Scott King Honor Book Uncle Jed’s Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell; Deborah Hopkinson’s Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt; Let My People Go, winner of the NAACP Image Award; and My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey and Satchel Paige, both written by his wife, Lesa Cline-Ransome. Mr. Ransome teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in upstate New York with his family. Visit James at JamesRansome.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I first looked at the cover of this book, I thought it was just going to be about a girl, her uncle, and his barbershop. When I read the story it was so much more, it was about hardship, perseverance, dreams, segregation, the great depression, and family. This would be great for children of all ages, elementary students can learn about the different topics within this book. Even though this story is fiction, it still realistic. No matter your race/ethnicity there is a message to realize.
Pursuing Your Passion. Jedediah Johnson's tenacity will encourage readers to pursue their passion and career goal regardless of the setbacks and obstacles. The color illustrations enhanced the enjoyment of the storyline. Each illustration offers great detail and beauty. As the storyline unfolds we, the readers, receive some insight to past history about what occurred in the U.S.A. during 1929 and the years following 1929. *Inspirational. *Educational. *Informative. *Encouraging storyline.
When I first read this book way back in elementary school I loved it and still do I am a college sophomore now, the first day I got this book I met Margaree King Mitchell and she was so nice, she had come to our school to have a book signing and she wrote 'Never give up on your dreams'. I'm following that dream by going to college.
Not many children's literture books are set during the Depression, but this book is. Not only does it provide important historical information, but the dedication of Uncle Jed and his pursuit of a lifelong dream is depicted. This is a wonderful book; I highly recommend it.