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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shares a timeline of the life of U.S. Congressman John Lewis, features real photos from the civil rights movement, shares important connections between the past and the present. Images of prominent African Americans throughout history, including Toni Morrison, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., are included in the illustrations. Also includes similes, such as "his name is as bright as the dawn filled with stars."
Never stop believing in your dreams. There's always hope for a brighter tomorrow. All people are created equal and should be treated equally. Don't stop fighting for justice. Faith, courage, and love form the strongest friendship -- across generations.
Positive Role Models
John Lewis is an outstanding role model. He was a political leader and courageous social justice warrior, and he believed in the power of peaceful protesting. His dedication and faithfulness helped change the United States for the better. Because of these qualities, he inspired young Tybre, who's also a positive role model for readers. He's intelligent, brave, and confident. The two form a beautiful friendship.
Primarily focuses on the lives of Tybre and John Lewis, who both grew up in predominately African American communities. Their unique strengths are highlighted. Emphasizes themes of equality and perseverance, showing people striving for change throughout many decades, and shows a man and boy forming a friendship based on a mutual desire for change.
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Violence & Scariness
Included at the back of the book are real photos from the civil rights movement, including a fire bomb and police brutality, which may be upsetting for some young readers. The story talks about Blood Sunday in 1965, when police attacked civil rights demonstrators with horses, billy clubs, and tear gas on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Because of You, John Lewis is a picture book biography by New York Times bestselling author Andrea Davis Pinkney (Martin Rising: Requiem for a King) and celebrated illustrator Keith Henry Brown. The book shares the story of a genuine friendship between Congressman John Lewis and a young activist he met when that boy, Tybre Faw, was 10. The back of the book includes actual black-and-white photos from the civil rights movement, including a fire bomb, that may be upsetting for some young readers. Themes of the book include activism, civil rights history, friendship, and courage.
Is It Any Good?
This picture book is an amazing representation of the true power of friendship and courage, across generations. Because of You, John Lewis shows readers it's possible to build a bridge to their dreams and make true change in the world. Author Andrea Davis Pinkney's words are melodic and powerful paired with Keith Henry Brown's impressive illustrations. The book's pages are filled with watercolors, line drawings, and textile images. Readers will be touched by the awe-inspiring story of John Lewis and Tybre's linked paths and shared passions. The story is truly a wonderful read for the whole family.
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