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Freedom Summer (Anne Schwartz Books) Hardcover – January 1, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is realistic, and we can always use more books about history. It's well-written, I like the artwork.
See, now, I have to ask this. Here's this book about integration, about hatred, about racism. It features a white boy and his black best friend. Best friend's big brother makes an appearance, too. The best friend is the one who feels heartbroken, he's the one who's suffering here...
So why is the white kid the narrator?
Is this story of friendship, and of hatred, really his story to tell? Why couldn't John Henry have told his own story?
Instead this is a book that notices suffering through whites' perspective. I mean, it's great that they are friends and get along so well, but how well does Joe really understand his BEST FRIEND John Henry's world? Because he only just realized how important it was to be equal -- he never noticed it before?
I am sorry, because I wanted more from this book. Love the illustrations.
** update **
I note that I am not the first commenter to point this out. This is a great book, but I think it is told from the wrong perspective.
Ulyyf "connie" made a similar observation in her review before I wrote my own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is not about the Freedom Summer movement, it is about an inter-racial friendship that took place at that time. The storyline is not engaging. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lissa Parker
A hard tale. Joe and John Henry both love swimming, but Joe is white and John Henry is Black and this is the 1960s deep South. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dione Basseri
Actually I ordered the wrong version. I meant to order the adult version. Will donate to library.Published 7 months ago by Mary W. Quigley
Wonderful perspective for raising white allies in order to give historical perspective to the history of segregation.Published 10 months ago by Margaret Baumgartner
My children loved this book! An awesome book share for my Kindergartener.Published 12 months ago by BG
A few commenters wrote about the perspective of the book. I believe part of the point is how difficult it is for white people to see others' perspectives. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Diane C Sekeres