Friday, February 6, 2015

Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass –ESSENTIAL

Bass, Hester Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama 32 pgs, Candlewick ,2015. $16.99 PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION
This large picture book, explains the amazing journey to racial integration for the citizens Huntsville, Alabama during the 1960’s. The author dubs the various creative non-violent protests and actions as ‘seeds’, asking the reader to wonder –what will make them grow? Broken down by month and year, the reader is able to see how these seeds do indeed grow, through bravery and persistence, into an amazing accomplishment. Historical information and more details are included in the back of the book.
This was a fantastic book and would make a wonderful addition to any school library. Used in context and illuminated by a classroom teacher, this book does a great job providing powerful lessons for upper grade elementary students, without overwhelming them with information. I learned many things myself as I reviewed this and found it truly inspiring -especially blue jean sunday. The illustrations are bright water color and they help to set the tone.   
EL –ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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