A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Age-appropriate information about the contributions children made to the civil rights movement.
Kids can make a difference. Stand up for justice and fairness.
Positive Role Models
While there are positive role models in the adults, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the kids in the book are the real heroes: They have a huge impact on the civil rights movement when adults are afraid to take part.
Violence & Scariness
Discussion of water hoses being used on protesters, but no one is shown bloodied, as happened in real life. An example of the Ku Klux Klan chasing African-American people, but no violence shown.
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Mention that African-American people were called bad names, but none is used in the text.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that by Cynthia Levinson's The Youngest Marcher: The True Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Right Activist, tells ths story of 9-year-old Hendricks' participation in the civil rights movement and mentions child protesters going to jail, being attacked with water hoses, and having run-ins with the Ku Klux Klan. Parents should be prepared to have age-appropriate discussions about civil disobedience, race relations, and participating in protests.
Is It Any Good?
Charming, delightfully drawn, and cleverly put together, this book hits home with the message that you're never too young to do the right thing. The true story of Audrey Faye Hendricks shows the bravery and conviction of a little girl who stands up when all the adults sit down in fear. Author Cynthia Levinson does a wonderful job of telling the story through a child's eyes. The Youngest Marcher, while dealing with a very serious subject and time in U.S. history, is lighthearted at points, gets serious, and then recovers -- much like a resilient child. The book's message is especially poignant at a time when activism is on the rise in the United States, with the Women's March in Washington, D.C., and the Black Lives Matter movement.
The illustrations are whimsical and capture Audrey's energy and innocence while at the same time depicting a significant issue and historical moment. The combination works, and the story never gets bogged down or turns preachy.
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