*Disclaimer: I received the book for free in exchange for an honest review.*
“In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept black people separate from white people. Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children used their voices to change the world.”
Worth the purchase?
The book is absolutely worth the purchase. The writer does a wonderful job expressing the feelings of a child during such a chaotic time. The imagery was so detailed, even my three old could pick up on emotions the character must be feeling. My husband and I have been trying to give small black history lessons daily. This book helped us to explore the sometimes forgotten warriors of the civil rights movement, the children. They were so brave and so strong. Even as an adult, I understand how scary protesting in the face of hate can be. However, these children were determined to march no matter what. This book is also a good lesson to parents. Sometimes we dismiss children because we think they’re too young. The children in this book serve as a good reminder to include our children, because they are watching.
Feedback from the kids
Even though we read this as a family, it really resonated with my 9 year old, which is what I expected. My 3 year old and 10 month old enjoyed looking at the pictures but aren’t quite old enough to care about the story. My oldest was all in. She had a ton of questions which led to us finding videos online of previous marches. We also ended up discussing many examples of racism. This took us down a path of discussing racism in the record industry. We let her compare Charlie Wilson and Little Richard to singers like Elvis, Who notoriously made a name for themselves by stealing the artistic style of black folks. Please get the book. This book is a great way to help your children relate to conversations surrounding the civil rights era. It may even spark an interest for present day activism.
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