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Kid Review – Charlotte’s Web

Kid Review – Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte's Web

A review came in yesterday from Claire. She says:

Even though this is a book for kids younger than me, I still liked it. The characters are interesting and seem just like people. Charlotte is one of the best characters I’ve ever read about!

I love Charlotte too, but I think my favorite character is Templeton the rat. It’s Templeton, afterall, that finds words for Charlotte to use in the web. He’s self absorbed, obsesses about food and only helps out when it’s in his best intersets to do so…but he’s also funny, which I always like in a character. What do you think?

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Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up

Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up

Keena Ford and the field Trip Mix-Up

Keena’s second grade class is going on a field trip to the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. On the night before the big trip Keena is playing around with scissors and accidently cuts one of her braids clean off! To cover up this little mistake (she doesn’t want to get in trouble for playing with scissors) she makes a yarn braid to replace the lost one.

“Something everyone should know about yarn is that it looks different after you sleep on it. …It looked like the hair of this doll I saw in a move one time, when this girl was very, very poor, and she lived in an old barn.”

Since the braid isn’t looking so good Keena has to make do with a patriotic scarf. When one of her classmates yanks it off right in front of Representative Ford, Keena thinks this might be the most embarrassing moment of her life. But nooooo, there’s more. With Keena Ford, there is so much more! Author: Melissa Thomson

If you like girls with moxie (that’s determined) and spunk, here are some that like to do things their own way – try Keena, Moxy, Sunny and Piper:
Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-Up Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing Piano Sunny Holiday Piper Reed Gets a Job
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Racing against the odds : the Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing’s African-American Champion

Racing against the odds : the Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing’s African-American Champion

Racing Against the Odds

  • When Wendell Scott was fourteen he bought his first car for $15. Then he tore it apart and put it back together again. A race car driver was born!

Wendell raced cars during segregation. Some racetracks wouldn’t let him race because he was black. He never had a new car or any help from a sponsor or anyone else. His sons were his pit crew.

Despite that he finished in the top ten 147 times. He won one NASCAR race in Jacksonville, Florida in 1963. He is the first and only black race car driver to ever win a NASCAR race.

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Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

This is the story of Elizabth Keckley, a slave who became a free woman and a business owner as well as the favored dressmake of Mary Todd Lincoln – President Lincoln’s wife.

Her story begins on a plantation in Virginia. Elizabeth was only four years old when she was given the job of taking care of her mistress’s brand new baby. She was so excited to take care of the pretty baby that she rocked the cradle a little too hard and the baby fell out onto the floor. She was whipped for that…a four year-old! And that whipping would not be her last. Elizabeth had a very hard life as a slave. It’s a wonder she even survived, let alone growing up to be a free woman and the owner of her own business.

Elizabeth’s mom was a gifted seamstress and she taught Elizabeth how to sew. Their master would hire Elizabeth out to other ladies in St. Louis who wanted pretty dresses. One of those clients loaned Elizabeth the money to buy her own freedom. Elizabeth moved to Washington DC and was soon sewing dresses for famous wives – Mrs. Robert E. Lee and Mrs. Jefferson Davis. It was only a matter of time before her dresses caught the eye of Mrs. Lincoln.

That’s when the story gets really intersting. It is the tale of two very different women in very different circumstances who manage to carve our a friendship in the oddest of circumstances. Mary Lincoln didn’t just need pretty dresses, she needed a friend.

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Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl

Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl

Maritcha

Maritcha Reymond Lyon was born in the mid-1800s.  Her family was free but still had to deal with discrimination and injustices that put obstacles in their path to success. When Maritcha was a teenager one of those obstacles was that fact that she could not go to the all-white high school. It was the only high school in her town, Providence, Rhode Island. Maritcha and her family made the bold decision to sue the state so that Marticha could go to high school. Maritcha was black, and a girl too – two things that many people of her time would have said made it a waste of time for her to go to high school. Maritcha proved them all wrong and went on to become a teacher and school principal in New York City. Author: Tonya Bolden

I don’t know about you, but when I think about black kids fighting to integrate public schools, I think of names like Ruby Bridges and the Little Rock Nine…but these kids fought there fight in the 1960s…not the 1860s!!

  • PBS: My Story: Ruby Bridges
  • PBS: Stand Up for Your Rights
  • On the Front Lines with the Little  Rock Nine
  • Scholastic: Integrating Central High
  • Think about that – Maritcha fought her battle almost a hundred years before these other students. That goes to show you that school integration took a very, very long time. The timing also depended on which state and in what part of the country a student lived. Maritcha lived in the North, Ruby Bridges and the Little Rock Nine lived in the South. It took the South much longer to have integrated schools.leora-school

    About the time Maritcha was fighting to attend high school in Rhode Island, black kids in Indiana were just getting a school. The Leora Brown School opened in Corydon, Indiana in 1891 as the Corydon Colored School. The Corydon Colored School graduated its first class of students on May 14, 1897. Leora Brown, a former student who graduated in 1923, returned to the school as a teacher in 1924 after having attended Miss Blaker’s Teachers College in Indianapolis. One year after Brown’s arrival at the Corydon Colored School, the school’s high-school-age black students were integrated into Corydon High School which was previously attended by white students only. The Corydon Colored School, however, remained open until 1950, when the grade schools were integrated.

    More about kids like Maritcha: Ruby Bridges, Linda Brown & the Little Rock Nine.
    Through My Eyes The Forbidden Schoolhouse Little Rock Brown vs. Board of Education
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