Time to share on Wednesdays with Alyson Beecher's Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge at her blog, Kidlit Frenzy. Interesting titles this week, again all with a similar thread!
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I found and read these books because so many others have shared how wonderful they are, the stories and the illustrations. They are indeed inspiring stories. Find them if you haven't yet read them.
This week, all about people, the known and the little known, but making a difference in our world. I appreciate that they did so much.
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This book was published in 2001, long before Deborah Wiles published her next wonderful, and extensive books about the times before and during Freedom Summer. This brief story tells about a white boy and his African-American friend, whose mother works for the white boy's family. They do everything together, play, do chores, swim in the creek. But they can't do exactly everything together because colored people can't go to the movies, get ice cream at the ice cream place, or swim in the town pool. The illustrations show friendship and sadness; the story is based, Wiles says, on truth. So it is not non-fiction, yet would be a good entry into conversations about Jim Crow laws, the Civil Rights Act, and being an ally when it is so hard to be one.
I've read other books about Wangari Maathai, but this gives the most information, perhaps most interesting and inspiring for middle grade students who might be studying those who have changed the world. This book covers her entire life, her ideas, her perseverance. Even facing death threats, enduring prison and many enemies in her country of Kenya, she does not stop working for her dream, to plant trees. She was told by her mother, "a tree is worth much more than its wood", and she never forgets it. The extraordinary art by Aurelia Fronty accompanies Franck Prevot's story of Mama Miti with colorful collages that celebrate this beautiful life. Prevot adds extensive back matter, a timeline, important photographs of her life, and a map of Africa.