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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Provides readers with insight into the life and legacy of politician and civil rights champion Elijah Cummings. Little known facts about his life are shared, alongside direct quotes from this American leader.
Equality for all is very important. A brighter future is ahead, but we all have to work hard for it. It doesn't matter who you are, or where you came from -- you can make a difference in the world. If you work hard enough, you can achieve your goals. A small act of compassion can change someone's life. Don't let anyone take away your hope.
Positive Role Models
Elijah Cummings is a tremendous role model. He was a community leader, a political pioneer, a social justice advocate, and a champion for education. His vision and dedication helped change the nation for the better.
The book primarily features Elijah living in urban African American communities, with some depiction of White characters. Different character strengths are highlighted. The story emphasizes themes of equality and perseverance, showing people striving for change throughout many decades.
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Violence & Scariness
One page in the book depicts an angry "white mob throwing rocks and bottles" during an integration protest in the 1960s.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's a mention of a ban on alcohol and tobacco advertising in inner-city neighborhoods, but no accompanying illustration.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Faith of Elijah Cummings: The North Star of Equal Justice is a nonfiction picture book about American civil rights advocate and politician Elijah Cummings. He was best known for being a man of faith, who strived for justice and equality through his roles as a community leader and politician. His story is brought to life by NAACP Image Award winners, author Carole Boston Weatherford (Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre) and illustrator Laura Freeman (Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice). The book shares the obstacles that Cummings had to overcome in his lifetime, including racism and economic hardship. Themes of equality and championing for change are themes. Throughout the story, Elijah displays many important character strengths, including compassion, courage, loyalty, perseverance, and gratitude.
Is It Any Good?
This picture book biography is a beautiful, child-friendly ode to a memorable and hard-fought life. The Faith of Elijah Cummings: The North Star of Equal Justice helps preserve Elijah Cummings' legacy by sharing the childhood dreams and struggles of this civil rights icon. The book does not shy away from Elijah's peaceful fight for civility in the face of discrimination, segregation, and poverty. Laura Freeman's illustrations capture the reader's attention and portray emotions in a soft manner. Author Carole Boston Weatherford's decision to include direct quotes from Elijah Cummings makes the book true to his story, and leaves a lasting impression of inspiration. It's great read for the whole family, made for those who are and are not familiar with the impact Elijah had on the world.
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