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When I Finished It...
on October 4, 2011
... I actually physically hugged the book to me, (and I am not known as a hugger!) and had tears in my eyes. It is that profound. I heard the author interviewed on NPR the other day, and was excited, because I knew I had already ordered it for our public library's children's collection. When it got here, I could hardly wait to read it! I was not disappointed! I pride myself on my civil rights collection in our children's department, and am always thankful for my upbringing in yes, a white family of the sixties (I am 52 now), but by parents who admired Dr. King and believed in him. So, I have a keen interest in new books on this topic. This one is a delight, from start to finish, yes, even the "hard" things one must read in this history. The illustrations are so very beautiful, they are breathtaking.
When I put out a display of books on this topic, it is such a relief to have books that I can give to a small child without worrying, can he/she handle this yet? There will be time, as they grow, for the Emmett Till horror, the lynchings, and so terribly much more! But when they are small, still, I need for them, and for their parents, to have a way to discuss this without causing night terrors. This book fills that need.
Bless you, Mr. Nelson! You were a delight on the radio, and this book is a delight in our library!