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The Friendship (Logans #5.5)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  674 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Cassie Logan and her brothers have been warned never to go to the Wallace store, so they know to expect trouble there. What they don t expect is to hear Mr. Tom Bee, an elderly black man, daring to call the white storekeeper by his first name. The year is 1933, the place is Mississippi, and any child knows that some things just aren t done.

A powerful story. Readers will b

Paperback, 56 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Puffin Books (first published 1987)
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This book is horrible and fantastic, all rolled into one. It is a fantastic piece of literature to generate a discussion for a book club. I read this to my daughter's 4th grade class as part of their unit on Rights and Responsibilities. The con's of this book are how it paints a very stereotypical picture of blacks/whites and racism in the early 1900's. We live overseas and it can be depresssing that blacks are portrayed in a certain way to children of other countries. But the undertones of this ...more
Rebecca ~ Silvan Elf  ~
Mildred D. Taylor is quickly climbing my list of authors I watch. After reading Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry (which I really liked) I still was not sure if I would read all of her other books being they are written for a younger age group and the library did not have them on audio. (The reader for the audio book of Roll of Thunder was excellent!) On a whim I ordered two Ms. Taylor short stories from the library, this one and Mississippi Bridge. I have only read one of them and I am sure I want to ...more
So I was expecting this book would be about... um... friends. Instead it was about the end of, and betrayal of, friendship.

Dang it, Mildred D Taylor, why must you torture me with true stories of sorrow and historical awfulness?!
The Friendship by Mildred Taylor is a deceptively simple book. Being about fifty pages, with bigger print and many illustrations, you'd think it most suited to primary-aged students. Yet The Friendship doesn't pussyfoot around its portrayal of racism. Moreover, it includes an event that still seems shocking almost twenty-five years after the book's publication.

If you have ever gazed longingly at rows of candy jars, you might relate to how one day Cassie Logan and her three brothers visit the Wal
Lisa Mason
1.Historical Fiction

2.In The Friendship, three young black brothers and their sister experience racism in a very real way at the general store outside their community. They are teased and threatened by the shop owner’s sons only to later witness the shooting of their friend Mr. Tom Bee, by the same group of men.

3.A. Theme B. Racism/Friendship C. The Friendship addresses the theme of racism from a very realistic perspective. The children know the unwritten rules of their community, like not calli
We have always learned about the times during the civil rights movement, but not necessarily the moments before it. In The Friendship, racism very bluntly encompasses this book. Before a child reads this, I would make sure that child is a little bit more mature so he/she can actually learn something and discuss this book rather than simply crying about it. Upper elementary students would be a good age group for this book. The Friendship recounts the true story of Mr. Tom Bee's (elderly black man ...more
This chapter book by Mildred D. Taylor shows the relationship between a white man and a black man living in the South before the Civil rights movement. The logan children walk nervously into a store to pick up medicine for their Aunt Cassie. They were always warned by their parents to not go into this store, but they had to get the medicine. The store is owned by the Wallaces who are white and the Logan children are black. While standing outside the store they see there friend who is a elderly b ...more
everyone remembers Cassie and her brothers from the Logan family series. from the first book roll of thunder hear my cry and the sequel. but in this book Cassie and her brothers are not the one who have gotten into trouble or are getting them self in trouble. in this book they actually see an argument between an older African American and a Caucasian man who owns the store. everyone knows you are suppose to respect your elder, based on age. but in the south at the times where racism is still ali ...more
Rosa Cline
This was book #5.5 (book 7) of the Logan series written by Ms Taylor. Although this book was more for children versus the first book "The Land" was it was still almost just as good. And although she didn't write in the beginning of this one this is what she wrote in the first pages of "The Land" and it applies to this book as well... "...Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I have used language that is painful, I have chosen to use the language that was spoken during the per ...more
I enjoyed this little book by Mildred Taylor. I think that The Friendship manages to touch upon the complexity of race relations in sharecropping Mississippi in such a way that it would neither overwhelm readers of the age level for which it was meant, or cheat them out of learning social issues. I think that the little book packs a big punch, and would be a very good book for a children's book group that explored multicultural topics.
This was a good book. I’ve read Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry and when I found out there was other books that had the same characters I wanted to read them. So when I found this one at the dollar store I picked it up. The story was so sad, and it’s horrible that people had to go through crap like that… I’m just happy that the old man in the story took a stand.
This book was really great but is a book that got me really upset with how african americans were discriminated against back at its worse. This old man, who is black, thought he had a great friendship with the owner of a store, who would be the white man, and through the story is shows the betrayal of this man. I would recommend this book for sure.
Rosa Cline
This was book #5.5 (book 7) of the Logan series written by Ms Taylor. Although this book was more for children versus the first book "The Land" was it was still almost just as good. And although she didn't write in the beginning of this one this is what she wrote in the first pages of "The Land" and it applies to this book as well... "...Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I have used language that is painful, I have chosen to use the language that was spoken during the per ...more
Mary Sutterluety
Coretta Scott King Award

I was unnerved by this book. Perhaps it was the overt racism, or the shotgun blast to the main character's knee, or the broken friendship between an old black man and a white store owner... Whatever it was, it is a chilling look back at Jim Crow.
Sassy Shweta
WE read this book in class, and it really gives a sense of life back then during the period of segregation. This book is only a novella, but if you enjoyed this book I strongly suggest you read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. The symbolism and quotes are very powerful.
This book was hard to tell who the "I" voice was. The pictures enhanced the story. The fact that it was based on a real event in Taylor's life made it very worthwhile.

Very quick read.
Angie Schall
a surprisingly powerful book for young readers. Such a good picture of racism in the south before the civil rights movement.
Kristin Pierce
A great story dealing with the racism in the south. It is a small glimpse into the lives of the Logan family and their friends.
A powerful young adult story about racism in the 1930s. I'm not sure when I'll feel that my son is ready to read this, though.
Sherry Thornberry
This book about my black countrymen got my hackles up. It seemed like this blatant disrespect of people and their rights based on skin color was far removed from my lifetime. So I googled "The official end of slavery". It was just 105 years before I was born. Just 65 years before my grandmother was born. So it has not been so long ago that people walked our streets here in America that were directly influenced by the institution of slavery. That seems unreal. But its not. Praise be for those who ...more
Kelly Tisdale
This book was a hard book to read because of the miss treatment and racism shown in such a real way even though this book is fiction. Since I know how real racism was and still can be today this story brought me back to the time I witnessed my best friend being mistreated for her skin color. I think this is a great book to have on your selves for students to learn this is how people use to act and how some still act today and it is wrong. I wasn’t a fan of how the book was written but that is ho ...more
American Library Association Notable Book Award (ALAN) 1988
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (BGHBA) 1988
Coretta Scott King Award (CSKA) 1988

Mildred D. Taylor brilliantly depicts a relationship between a white man and a black man living in the South before the Civil Rights Movement. The story begins with the Logan children on their way to the store for medicine for their Aunt Cassie. They are nervous about going to this store because it is owned by the Wallace family. The Wallace’s are white and the
Jul 01, 2013 Allison rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th Grade & Up
Recommended to Allison by: NBMS Summer Reading list 2013
I really enjoyed this one. Actually, I've yet to read one of Taylor's books that I didn't enjoy. Having lived in Virginia until I was 9 and having spent all of my summers in Georgia, stories set in the South are familar to me on a visceral level.

What stood out for me in The Friendship is that the plot centered around the concept of black folks being expected to address whites as "Mister John" or "Missus Ella" or "Miss Mary" simply because of the color of their skin. This is a concept that I have
H.W final r.r

in this book there is a lot of racism going on and sometimes it goes around now. in this book the time was long ago. The books main charecter is mr tom bee. he is an african american. then there are the white people like john wallace and his children dewberry and turston. When tom came into the store he was talked to rudly and not obeyed and very mistreated.Why? Because he is black. HE was reffered to a nigger. Black people have to call white poeple by mr or ms. When johns children
Anna J.
The Friendship by Mildred D. Taylor is a story about racial discrimination in Mississippi in 1933. Written from a little girl’s perspective, this Coretta Scott King award-winning book is about a man, Mr. Tom Bee, who refused to call a white man, John by a title of “mister” and instead chose to use his first name. The African-American man called the white man John, not out of disrespect, but to remind the man of the friendship they once had before society changed John’s views. Though a short stor ...more
Amy Lemley
I really liked this short story. My husband told me it has the same characters as a book called Roll of Thunder... but I admit that I have not read that book yet. I really liked this short story and the ending tugged at my heartstrings, especially at the depth one would go to remind one of keeping their promise at the reward of being true to one's character and moral fiber.
This is a good short story showing one brief episode of racism. It portrays the ending of one friendship and the possible beginning of another between individuals who the local population is trying to keep apart. The story seems to go beyond stereotypes and shows people as they really were in the 1930's in Mississippi and other areas of the south.
This short story left me in tears, and I'm not one to cry while reading books. It just hit me out of nowhere. Maybe I'm just hormonal, who knows.

It's based on a true event, which also makes it hit home a little harder.
It's a GREAT book for starting conversation regarding this period in America's history, the civil rights movement, etc. Many children can't fathom that our country used to have these laws and ways of life.

I think it depends on the maturity level of the child reading it or that yo
4.5 stars for this one. The artwork is beautifully and perfectly illustrates the story, which is a true story from her family's history. It illustrates the attitudes of white people in late 1920's Mississippi towards black people--even black people who have saved their lives.
Isabel Cyr
read this in school. Mississippi was a lot worse because of the tragedy at the end, but both books were amazing. Showing how it was back then. Mildred shows an amazing point of view and racism. Trust me, all of Mildred D. Taylor's books are a must read.
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Mildred Delois Taylor is a famous author, known for her children's fiction books.

She did not stay in Jackson long; the racial discrimination in the South influenced the belief of her father, Wilbert Taylor, that better opportunities awaited his family in more northern states. Thus, after her first three months of life, her family moved to Ohio after her father established a factory in Toledo, Ohio
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