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Goin' Someplace Special Hardcover – September 1, 2001
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Drawing on her own Nashville childhood, Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia C. McKissack (The Dark- Thirty) brings the injustices of segregation to life in this bittersweet picture book. Illustrator Jerry Pinkney, four-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor Medalist, captures the spirit of the '50s with his lovely watercolors. McKissack and Pinkney previously collaborated on Mirandy and Brother Wind. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter
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'Tricia Ann is all ah-flutter. Her mother is finally letting her go all the way to Someplace Special. The trip is hardly carefree, though. After getting on the bus, 'Tricia Ann is forced to sit in the colored section. Then she can't even sit on a park bench, the words, "Whites Only" staring her in the face. Her friend Jimmy Lee commiserates, pointing out that even though blacks can work at the nearby restaurant, they can't sit down there to have a BLT and a cup of coffee. But the worst comes when 'Tricia Lee accidentally gets swept into a grand hotel. In the midst of an autograph signing the girl is loudly condemned and shooed out because she is black. In tears she finds a friend in an elderly churchgoer and becomes determined to finish her trip. The reader finally learns at the end that Someplace Special is none other than the public library. A place where all people are welcome.Read more ›
But, like the story's protagonist, the library was a haven,a place where, within the pages of a book, I could be what I wanted to be, I could do what I wanted to do, and I could go where I wanted to go.
This is a powerful book that can be used as a marvelous teaching tool at school and at home.
But as the author explains in her endnote, the board of Nashville's public library in the late 1950s voted to fully integrate, and opened the main downtown branch fully to all. Like Andrew Carnegie, whose wealth helped to build it, her grandmother considered the library more exciting, interesting, informative than any place else. Her grandmother made it into a "doorway to freedom."
This is a fictionalized story of the author's youth--an afternoon on which the main character, Tricia Ann, took a bus from home to downtown and the public library. She encountered much hatred en route, but she also met some love. She gave up her seat to a friend of her mother when the rear section was full. Mrs. Granell called after her, "Carry yo'self proud."
Her friend Jimmy Lee instructed her, "Don't let those signs steal yo' happiness," and another gentleman at the Southland Hotel told her she resembled an angel from heaven. She also received encouragement from a kindly white gardener, Blooming Mary, to recall the lessons her deceased grandmother had taught her. Lots more happens here besides. In summation, a young woman is born.
"You are somebody, a human being," her grandmother had said. The author shows that arriving to a place is not always easy. But quitting is not the route to take.
Patricia McKissack's grandmother was right: Libraries give a special gift. Help your kids find out what and why with this book.
--Alyssa A. Lappen
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this story and the watercolor illustrations are amazing! A,great story that is keeping life back then real. Thanks for that Patricia!Published 2 months ago by Kimberly Johnson
I am a third grade teacher, and was looking for a book to help bring Jim Crow laws alive for my students, who have a hard time visualizing such hard topics. This book was PERFECT! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book. I read it to my children and it was a real educational experience.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
Although the main character, Trish, has been to town many times with her grandmother, she's never ventured there on her own. Read morePublished 19 months ago by James Charnock
All social studies teachers should purchase this book! It is an excellent resource for civil rights lesson planning. Buy it quick!Published on April 17, 2013 by Jeri Menking
Jerry Pinkney is a genius. His illustrations are so, so good. The nicest surprise for me in this book is the contrast between the everyday-ordinary-muted color world and the... Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by M. Heiss
Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia C. Mckissack is the story of a young girl who wants to take the journey to her favorite spot by herself without her grandmother. Read morePublished on May 25, 2012 by Nick
Goin' someplace special was a tremendous book! I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book; the pictures were very colorful the book almost looked like it was painted in all... Read morePublished on September 29, 2010 by Candace Lee