Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys

Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys

by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, E.B. Lewis (Illustrator)


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Virgie was always begging to go to school with us boys.
"Papa, Mama, can I go too?"
My brothers had doubts. School was seven miles away — a long way from Mama. Virgie was scarcely big as a field mouse. How could she make the trip? And girls didn't really need school. But I got to thinking: Virgie was free like we were. Free to learn. And didn't girls need to know how to write and add too? Mama and Papa thought so. And one summer, they decided to do something about it.
That was the year Virgie came to school with us boys. And she sure showed us!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689877933
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 01/28/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 268,824
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard's grandfather was Cornelius "C.C." Fitzgerald. His brother Will told stories about their childhood to his daughter Jessie, who passed them along to the author. Inspired by these stories, Elizabeth visited Jonesborough, Tennessee, a town seven miles from where her grandfather grew up. There she learned about a school started by Quakers called the Warner Institute and wrote this story.

E.B. Lewis is the award-winning illustrator of such books as Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys by Elizabeth Fitzgerald, which was a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, and This Little Light of Mine. He received the Caldecott Honor for Coming on Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes. E.B. Lewis lives in New Jersey, and you can visit him online at

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Virgie Goes To School With Us Boys 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jessy555 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Historical FictionCritique of Genre: This charming story of a young African American girl's dream to go to the Quaker school with her brothers. She wanted so badly to learn, but her brothers didn't think she was old enough and did think girls needed schooling anyway. Virgie wouldn't listen to them and kept begging to go. Finally, they decided to take her with them and she beamed the entire way to the school. Setting: This story is set around the town of Jonesborough and the Quaker school known as Warner Institute. These places really do exist and the events in the book are actual retellings of a families' trek to this school. Media: Watercolor
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is s good story of a girl Virgie who wants to go to school with her brothers.I feel that very one deserves an education and doesn't matter the age and gender.I think children can relate to Virgie and will enjoy the book. The illustrations from E.B Lewis will have an impact on children because the water color expresses feelings and it shows how Virgie feels. I think the usage of colors wereexcellent and children will enjoy the illustrations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys was about a young girl named Virgie. She wanted to get an education like her brothers. Her brothers George, will, Nelson, Val, and C.C. was against her wanting to go to school with them. Throughout the summer she beg her mom and dad about her going to school. Then her father told her she can go to school if that is what she really wanted to do. On the way there her brothers were telling her to keep up. Virgie went through slipping in the creep, and being scare when they went in the woods. When they finally got there she was happy. Virgie was greeted by the headmaster Mr. Warner. When I read this story I felt it was really interesting. I think children might relate to this book, but not in Virgie situation. I think the impact this book might have on children is going to be in a postive way. It is telling them don't give up on your goal.