• 32 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807589564
  • January 1996

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  • March 2015

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  • A quiet, stunning foray into segregated Mississippi: one hot afternoon, a little girl from the country, venturing for the first time alone into town, drinks from the ‘Whites Only’ fountain. Eventually, in places like this, courage would transcend hate; this extraordinary book helps us, and our children, to understand how that transformation came to be. The most outstanding title for 1996.

    - Smithsonian Magazine

  • Subtle and stirring, this tale-within-a-tale begins with an affectionate exchange between an African American girl and her grandmother, then telescopes to encompass an electrifying moment fraught with personal and political significance.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • The book works as an effective portrayal of a child’s innocence and her awakening to racism.

    - Booklist

  • It’s an important [story] that will help young children start thinking and talking about race relations in this country both historically and in the present.

    - Children's Literature

Awards & Accolades

  • 1996 Notable Book for Children, Smithsonian Magazine
  • Pick of the Lists, American Bookseller


Common Core

RL.3.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 RL.4.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 3.60