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Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Familys Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) Hardcover – May 6, 2014
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From School Library Journal
ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY; SOCIAL AWARENESS
Pura Belpré Award–winning Tonatiuh (Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, 2013) makes excellent use of picture-book storytelling to bring attention to the 1947 California ruling against public-school segregation. The concise, informative text, with occasional and always translated Spanish lines, discusses how being banned from enrolling in an Orange County grade school because of her skin tone and Mexican surname inspired Sylvia Mendez’ family to fight for integrated schools. Soon they were joined by many others, including the NAACP and the Japanese American Citizens League, which led to their hard-won victory. Tonatiuh’s multimedia artwork showcases period detail, such as the children’s clothing and the differences between the school facilities, in his unique folk art style. An endnote essay recapping the events, photos of Sylvia and her schools, and a glossary and resource list for further research complete this thorough exploration of an event that is rarely taught. This would be a useful complement to other books about the fight for desegregation, such as Deborah Wiles’ Freedom Summer (2001) or Andrea Davis Pinkney’s Sit-In (2010). Grades 2-5. --Francisca Goldsmith
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Due to the important subject matter and the accessible language used by the author, I could see this book being used for grades K-12 for sure.
who fought for desegregation! It is part of our history, told with the honesty of the writer
who portrays the emotions and reality of its characters. It is enhanced through
beautiful illustrations..,that make this story compelling-- both for young readers as well as adults.
It allows us to look into the window in the life of a Mexican family and of their determination to bring
us the singular opportunity to enjoy the equality of human rights, within the context
of our singular culture. I highly recommend you have a copy of this book in your library!