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An epic story that tests the bonds of friendship in a time of great divide in American history. The story takes places in a small town in Missisppipi in 1933. Four black children are sent to a local store owned by a white family. The children have been sheltered much of their lives and during this trip experience a lesson in race relations of the time period and witness a true test of friendship. The dialogue, events, and characters are incredibly relaisitc and clearly provide children with a snap shot into his time period.
The book is fairly short and the plot is relatively easy to follow. The use of time period language and local dialect may present challenges for some readers. There are underlyiing themes that could also challenge students ready for more rigor. It is a great book to introduce a unit on racisim or perhaps ōcharacter motive.
There are some very powerful metaphors and symbolism.
A great read for upper elementary or middle school aged students. ( ( )
  lpierson14 | Feb 25, 2015 |
An epic story that tests the bonds of friendship in a time of great divide in American history. The story takes places in a small town in Missisppipi in 1933. Four black children are sent to a local store owned by a white family. The children have been sheltered much of their lives and during this trip experience a lesson in race relations of the time period and witness a true test of friendship. The dialogue, events, and characters are incredibly relaisitc and clearly provide children with a snap shot into his time period.
The book is fairly short and the plot is relatively easy to follow. The use of time period language and local dialect may present challenges for some readers. There are underlyiing themes that could also challenge students ready for more rigor. It is a great book to introduce a unit on racisim or perhaps ōcharacter motive.
There are some very powerful metaphors and symbolism.
A great read for upper elementary or middle school aged students. ( )
  Lisapier | Jan 27, 2015 |
This fictional story was based off of stories that the author's father once told her. It is a very moving story that will leave no reader feeling mixed emotions. The illustrator does a fantastic job creating pictures to help depict what the author writes. The author uses great detail to help readers understand the year the story takes place and how different everything was between white people and African Americans. ( )
  jpons | Nov 2, 2014 |
RGG: Short story depicting aspects of the relationships between Blacks and Whites in 1930's Mississippi. The Logan family and many of the White characters in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry are present. The premise of an elderly Black man calling a White Man by his first name may be a bit esoteric, and the violent ending may be too difficult for some students.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 4, 2012 |
Having never read any of Mildred Taylor’s work, (I am embarrassed to say), I was AMAZED by the depth of social and cultural issues she was able to convey in 53 pages! The story takes place during one short afternoon. What can happen in one short afternoon? I was very skeptical, and assumed I would use this book in middle elementary classrooms, and it would be a very basic look at African-American life. I could not have more wrong! This book portrays a struggle between African-Americans and whites for the respect they both think they are entitled to and the lengths they will go to get it. It also demonstrates the pride both men feel for their race. This series of unfortunate events is a mirror image of hundreds of encounters between blacks and whites as they struggle throughout history.
Library Implications: This book is a great example of historical fiction for middle elementary school children; however its applications reach far beyond a good story. This book would be an excellent way to bring social studies, literature circles and the librarian all together. Because of its combination of short length and depth of information, older students can spend a small amount of time reading and still get a wealth of information that can be used for discussion groups and literature circles. This book also focuses on social interaction and the role segregation plays in the lives of African-Americans. This could launch a discussion on the question of segregation and if it still exists today, and if African-Americans are the only group to experience this type of degradation. ( )
  mathqueen | Feb 11, 2010 |
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In memory of my father, the storyteller
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"Now don't y'all go touchin' nothin'," Stacey warned as we stepped onto the porch of the Wallace store.
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This is for the single story The Friendship. Please do not combine with other collections.
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It's hot and humid in 1933 Mississippi, when an elderly black man and a white store owner test their friendship against a backdrop of racism and peer pressure. An explosive confrontation takes place when the black man, Tom Bee, greets the clerk, John Wallace, by his first name--an intimacy unheard of at the time. A group of witnesses heckles Wallace for what they perceive as his permissiveness, and in spite of his private promise to Bee to allow him to greet him this way, Wallace betrays Bee, shooting him in the leg. This brief but poignant story won the 1988 Coretta Scott King Award. It provides strong characterization as well as food for discussion on racism and human relations.

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Four children witness a confrontation between an elderly black man and a white storekeeper in rural Mississippi in the 1930s.

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