White socks only

Author Coleman, Evelyn
Language English
Publisher
New York NY: AV2 by Weigl, 2015




Annotation:

On a hot Mississippi day, a young girl innocently drinks from the "Whites Only" fountain, thinking the sign means only that she has to do so standing in her white socks, only to come face to face with racism.



Subjects :

  • African Americans Fiction
  • Race Relations Fiction
  • Afro-Americans Fiction
  • Mississippi Fiction

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Best Books :

  • Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 12th Edition, 1999 , None
  • American Booksellers Pick of the Lists, Spring, 1996 , None
  • Best Children's Books of the Year, 1996 , None
  • Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss, 2001 , Intermediate
  • Smithsonian Magazine's Notable Books for Children, 1996 , None

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award; None 1999-1999

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Reading Measurement Programs:


999999
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Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
AD560L(Adult Directed)

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Reading Level 2.5
Interest Level K-2
Title Point Value 2

Accelerated Reader

Interest Level LG
Accelerated Reader Points 0.5

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Reviews :

Susie Wilde (Children's Literature)
Evelyn Coleman, a new and powerful voice in children's books, blends themes of injustice and magic with her special storytelling gift. During the Civil Rights era, a young black girl dresses up in her white Sunday best and, for the first time, she ventures into town alone to find out if you really can fry an egg on a sidewalk. She walks timidly past the Chicken Man, who's learned African magic from his grandmother, and might turn someone "who's not doing right" into a chicken. Mission accomplished, the parched child spots a drinking fountain that bears the sign, "Whites Only". She takes off her black shoes, and now, dressed only in white, begins to drink. When a white man begins to whip the young girl, her innocence inspires those around her to remove their shoes and drink from the fountain as well, including the Chicken Man who tells her she "done good." 1996, Whitman, $15.95. Ages 5 to 8.
(PUBLISHER: A. Whitman (Morton Grove Ill.:), PUBLISHED: 1996.)

Judy Katsh (Children's Literature)
The actions of a young girl confused by the "Whites Only" sign hanging from the town water fountain spark a confrontation that ultimately involves the whole town. The young girl's confusion while shared by the readers who may have as much trouble understanding the actual problem as they do understanding the laws of segregation themselves. Even though this story might require some explaining by adult reading partners, it's an important one that will help young children start thinking and talking about race relations in this country both historically and in the present. 1996, Albert Whitman, $15.95. Ages 6 up.
(PUBLISHER: A. Whitman (Morton Grove Ill.:), PUBLISHED: 1996.)

Roger Sutton (Bulletin)
A little African-American girl listens with contented nostalgia while her grandma once again tells about her childhood summertime trip into town to see if what they say is true about frying an egg on the sidewalk. It is, but when the thirsty young Grandma goes to get a drink of water at the town fountain, trouble strikes. Grandma sees the "Whites Only" sign on the fountain and reasons that it means she should take off her black shoes and drink while standing in her white socks. A potbellied redneck does not take kindly to the girl's logic, especially after other African Americans in the town follow her lead, removing their shoes and taking a drink. Only the arrival of the "chicken man," feared and fabled, scares the bigot off-permanently, it seems. As with Coleman's The Footwarmer and the Crow (BCCB 12/94), this is a mischievous and slightly spooky tale of vengeance, but it's hard to believe that a black girl old enough to read hasn't heard a thing or two about Mississippi segregation. History and folklore aren't quite in step with each other here, but the girl's spirit survives the story's contrivance, and Geter's impressionistic oil paintings have a hot hazy glow that enhances the half-real, half-legendary, tone of the text. Ad--Additional book of acceptable quality for collections needing more material in the area. Reviewed from galleys (c) Copyright 1996, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1996, Whitman, [32p], $15.95. Ages 5-8 yrs.
(PUBLISHER: A. Whitman (Morton Grove Ill.:), PUBLISHED: 1996.)

Carolyn Phelan (Booklist)
This begins with a grandmother telling a tale of her childhood in the segregated South: "You know, when I was a little girl, like yourself, I sneaked into town once. Yep, all by myself." All dressed up and hiding eggs in her pockets, the little girl walks down the road past the feared and revered Chicken Man, who supposedly has powers, including the ability to turn his enemies into chickens. In town, the girl breaks an egg on the sidewalk to see if it will really fry. Seeing a drinking fountain with a sign that says "Whites Only" and a step stool for children, she takes off her black shoes and steps up in her clean white socks. After a white man throws her to the ground, other black people step up to the fountain and drink. Then the Chicken Man joins them, he drinks from the fountain, points at the white man (a chicken later turns up at the fountain), and tells the child to go home. Impressionistic oil paintings sensitively illustrate the place, the time, the heat, and the child's emotions. Although the last part of the story is somewhat confusing, the book works as an effective portrayal of a child's innocence and her awakening to racism. Category: For the Young. 1996, Albert Whitman, $15.95. Ages 5-8.
(PUBLISHER: A. Whitman (Morton Grove Ill.:), PUBLISHED: 1996.)

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Series :

AV2 fiction readalong-121

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York NY: AV2 by Weigl, 2015

Media Type: Language Material
32 pages:
PZ7.C6746 ([Fic])
1489623957
9781489623959
9780807589564
080758956X
0807589551
9780807589557
A. Whitman (Morton Grove Ill.:), PUBLISHED: 1996.,

Media Type:

1489623957
0613229606
9780613229609
0807589551
9780807589557
9781489623959
080758956X
9780807589564

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