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Goin' Someplace Special

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Gentle story about facing prejudice with pride and strength.

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The text and artwork here works beautifully together to tell a straightforward story with emotional depth and a strong message. As Trisha Ann sets off toward her "someplace special," words describe her hopes and excitement, and the light in her face tells just how true it is. As she faces one slight after another, her expression changes just enough, her shoulders slump a bit, and the reader knows just what she is feeling, even before the words explain.

Because kids will know just how Trisha Ann is feeling, they will begin to understand just how hurtful discrimination can be, and how wonderful it is that we have safe places, like libraries, where everyone is welcome. This would be a great book for beginning a discussion of Jim Crow laws, and how and why they changed. For further discussion about civil rights, readers should check out the other books that have received Coretta Scott King awards.

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