• 32 Pages
  • 10.75" x 8.5"
  • 9780807530221
  • November 2016

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  • The straightforward text and arresting watercolor illustrations (the evocative cover says it all, showing the determination on Grandmama’s face) brings home the fierce pride, the dignity, and the emotional impact of the times…Told in Sarah Marie’s voice, this slice of dramatic history will touch both heart and mind.

    - Booklist

  • The gentle tone of Birtha’s writing reflects the quiet dignity with which the adults in Sarah Marie’s family meet the indignities of Jim Crow laws…The strong, sensitive writing is enhanced by beautiful watercolor paintings filled with chips of light. This story will generate discussions on a range of topics including racial segregation, bullying, and self-respect.

    - School Library Journal

  • Her first person narrative conveys wide-eyed wonder, and each of the superbly detailed watercolor illustrations is a short story in itself….Bittersweet nostalgia and a gentle introduction to an important and painful piece of our national past. A lengthy author’s note gives the story a helpful historical context.

    - Kirkus Reviews

Awards & Accolades

  • 2006 IRA Children’s Book Award Notables
  • 2005 SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Book (Picture Book Text)
  • CCBC Choices 2006
  • 2008 Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Master List (Kansas)
  • 2007-2008 Show Me Readers Award Master List (Missouri)
  • 2007-2008 Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award Master List
  • 2008-2009 Georgia Picture Book Award Master List


Colin Bootman

Common Core

RL.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10 RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 3.70