• 9780807509722
  • March 2015

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  • This story, based on true events, tells how Mable Jean’s simple question inspired a community of African Americans in post-World War II Mississippi to beat the odds…Though the oil paintings are hazy (like memories), the effects are remarkably strong; for example, the faces of the white children riding the bus tell a story by themselves. This satisfyingly different title is worthy of acquisition and begs to be read aloud and discussed.

    - School Library Journal

  • Set in the South more than 50 years ago, Costello’s oil paintings show the suffering (in one unforgettable double-page spread the white kids on the bus jeer as they pass the walking children) but also the determination of the black community…The drama is in the facts about what ordinary people did together.

    - Booklist

  • Evans’s story is clearly written and well told; what could have been preachy comes through as a thoughtful reconstruction of events and a gentle tribute to determination.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Costello’s paint and pastel impressionistic illustrations capture shine and shadow on faces perfectly and warmly suggest the fall countryside in which events take place. A good first effort by author and illustrator and one that adds further detail and texture to the era before Brown v. Board of Education.

    - Children's Literature

Awards & Accolades

  • 2003-2004 Young Hoosier Book Award Master List (Picture Books)
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People for 2002-CBC/NCSS
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2002


Common Core

RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 RL.2.1,2,3,5,6,7,10 RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 3.40