Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sit-In: how four friends stood up by sitting down

Sit-In: how four friends stood up by sitting down
By Andrea and Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Little, Brown; 2010. Unpaged. Picture book.

Masterfully written, this is the story of four young black men who peacefully protested against segregation in 1960. Bravely taking a stand for justice, they sat in Woolworth's, patiently waiting to be served. When word of this protest was heard, it caught on quickly, sparking various sit-ins all over the southern states. The peppering of moving, powerful phrases from the famous Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. adds a wonderful dash of extra flavor to an already well-seasoned story. The recipe for integration finishes the book with just the right touch. With lyrical writing and vivid, dynamic illustrations, this book is an excellent source for children to learn about justice, courage, and the power of working together.

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