These Hands
by Margaret Mason

by Margaret Mason
illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Little Joseph loves spending him with his grandpa, learning all the many things that grandpa can do with his hands -- help him tie his shoes, play the piano, do fancy card moves... 

One day grandpa shared with Joseph that there was something he couldn't do with his hands when he was younger -- make bread at the local bakery. The white owner determined that white  customers people would not want to buy bread touched by an African American's hands.

And then explains how determined people joined hands and eventually helped society change these discriminatory views.  And now, grandpa can do anything he wants to do with his hands!

In a starred review, Kirkus said "For all the many titles that appear on segregation and protest for younger readers, this one stands tall not just for delving into a piece of labor history not previously covered, but for its ability to relate history with heart and resonance."

Reading Levels

Interest Level:  Pres-Gr. 3           DRA Level: 20                 Lexile Measure: 680L
Grade Level Equiv: 2.8               Guided Reading:  L

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