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Dear Mr. Rosenwald

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Renowned illustrator Gregory Christie joins the Scholastic Press list with this empowering story about an African-American community who builds their own school.

Based on the true story of the Rosenwald schools built in the rural African-American South in the 1920s, writer and poet Carol Boston Weatherford tells the lyrical story of third grader Ovella as her family and com
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Scholastic Press
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booklady
Sep 23, 2008 booklady rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents and children
Recommended to booklady by: Krista the Krazy Kataloguer Hartman
Dear Mr. Rosenwald is a fictional story about an African American community in the rural south in the early 1920s which has decided to apply to the Rosenwald Fund for a new school. In order to be eligible for funding the local populace has to secure land for the school, raise additional funds, provide labor, supplies, fuel and sometimes school buses. In this story, the little girl, Ovella, watches as her town works hard to do all the things necessary to apply to the Rosenwald Fund. It is an insp ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I'm giving this 4 stars for the text but 2 stars for the illustrations, which I didn't like. This book is a series of poems describing how one black Southern community in 1921 built themselves a new school with the help of hard work, their white neighbors, and a contribution from Julius Rosenwald, President of Sears, Roebuck and Co. I didn't know that Rosenwald donated money for hundreds of schools down south. I love children's books that bring out little-known historical facts. Recommended for ...more
Mackenzie Midles
The innocence of this book is portrayed vividly for readers, which is what I loved most about it. Taking place in the 1920’s when African Americans were looked down upon by whites, Dear Mr. Rosenwald is told through the eyes of a child. Ovella, as for many other African American children in her community, went to school in a rundown church until the community took action to build a new school with the help of a generous donor, Mr. Rosenwald.
This book goes into great detail about what it was lik
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Rochelle Brandon
Captivating book written in the first person of a child whose community raises funds to match a Rosenwald Grant to build a schools for African American communities. The main character's narative rings of authenticity. I know. My grandmother was educated in a Rosenwald School. The school still served as the church's community center when I was small. She was proud and greatful for her education. She made sure education was apriority for her children. Because of that grant, because of that school, ...more
Sandy
This book is a true story about a town in the south during the early 1920's who was fortunate to have been given some money from Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck, & Co., to build a school for it's black children. The townspeople held fundraisers, took up a special collection in church, and did almost all of the construction of the school themselves. It is a short, picture book broken into chapters, which is quite unusual in my experience as an elementary school librarian.
Janelle
I picked up this book because the cover caught my eye. I hadn't been familiar with the Rosenwald schools, and I'm so glad to have learned about them.

This book is based on the true story of Julius Rosenwald, Sears and Roebuck CEO, who started a program to help build schools for African American children. The story is appealing and educational but told in the form of a children's story, I love the vivid pictures, created using gouache and colored pencil.
Cece
This book was inspiring. The setting is 1921-1922 and it is inspired by a true story. The present of Sears, Roebuck, and Co donates money to build new school, but the people have to raise money to help build the school. The story talks about a one room school and sharecropping.
Laura Noto
Dear Mr. Rosenwald is a picture book for children in 2nd to 5th grade. It is inspired by a true story. In the early 1920s Julius Rosenwald, the president of Sears, Roebuck donated money for African-Americans to build schools. The communities had to raise money through fundraisers and growing extra crops before Julius Rosenwald would give them any money. This book features many poems written by a student during this process. The community raises money and then goes into the difficult process of b ...more
Michelle
A must have for elementary libraries and classrooms. Prose poems describe one Southern, African American community's anticipation, efforts and excitement as they work to build a school in their community in the 1920's.

Inspired by Booker T. Washington's book Up From Slavery, Sears, Roebuck and Co. president, Julius Rosenwald donated millions of dollars to build schools for African American children in the south. He gave money on the condition that the community also raises money and works togeth
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Anna
This book tells a story that most people do not think about when they think of African American History in the nineteen twenties, education. Once the slaves became free, they were still not given the same opportunities that white people were given. Many of then still worked in partnership with White farmers who kept them in debt in order to keep them working for them. This caused even more poverty then before and left people desperate. One of the events that brought a hope of a new life was educ ...more
Summer Cull
In the small town of Ovella, word gets around that a rich businessman named Mr. Rosenwald is going to donate money to the town to build a new school. However, the townspeople have to raise money themselves as well in order to pitch in. One little girl is concerned that a town where everyone is already so poor, they won’t be able raise enough money. But she quickly learns what can be accomplished when a community comes together for a valuable cause.
The most inspirational part of this story is t
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Angela Herd
Title: Dear Mr. Rosenwald

Summary: In this story, a young girl pulls the reader into her world and shows the emotions behind a community in the post slavery era. Her family are sharecroppers with mounting debt. The community church tries to invest in the children, their very future. By reaching out to all in the community, even white people, the church is able to begin building a school.

Focus: Narrative Features I Would Use in a Mini Lesson

1. Memoir: The book tells the story of a young girl who
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Bailey Huylar
Ovella learns in a one-room school that is nothing special, but she enjoys learning. Her town in poor, so she is lucky she has the opportunity to attend school at all. When she learns at the new school rally that Julius Rosenwald, the president of Sears, Roebuck, and Co., is going to donate money for the building of a new school she is thrilled but worried. The people in the community are required to pitch in, and she doesn’t know how that’s possible when everyone has so little money to spare. H ...more
Emily
This story is about an African American community in the 1920’s that is building a new children’s school. Their current school is a one-room building with one sheet down the middle to make two classrooms, and has many different problems such as leaks. The community is to receive a donation from Julius Rosenwald, the president of Sears, Robuck and Co., to build a new school on their own, but must first raise money themselves. Ovella is one of the children who attends the school and is a member in ...more
Donna
Dear Mr. Rosenwald is based a true story set in the 1920's. It tells the story of Rosenwald and his efforts to build a school for African Americans. The story is told through the voice of Ovella who marvels at how the community comes together to raise money to build the school. Rosenwald was one president of Sears Roebuck and company and he donated millions of dollars to build schools in the south. What makes this story remarkable is that Rosenwald is Jewish but uses his wealth for the bettermen ...more
Megan Boomgarden
This book would be fabulous to have in a middle level elementary classroom. The writing is too long and complex for younger children to read on tehir own, but this book would still be wonderful to read aloud to a younger class. It is written in more of a poetry style, having a different heading and "story" on each page. It is written from a young girls point of view about watching and experiencing what it was like to attend an all black school in the 1920's. This book is filled with American His ...more
Brenda Kahn
A series of poems narrated by eleven-year-old Ovella tells the story of her community's work to provide a new school, partially subsidized by Julius Rosenwald.
Jessica Winden
Ovella learns in a one-room school that is nothing special, but she enjoys learning. Her town in poor, so she is lucky she has the opportunity to attend school at all. When she learns at the new school rally that Julius Rosenwald, the president of Sears, Roebuck, and Co., is going to donate money for the building of a new school she is thrilled but worried. The people in the community are required to pitch in, and she doesn’t know how that’s possible when everyone has so little money to spare. H ...more
Katy Snyder
While I liked that this book was written in the form of letters written by a child, it was also slightly distracting. My biggest problem with this book was that the story did not seem to advance at an appropriate tempo. The book was set up to be about the community's efforts to raise enough money for a new school and how hard it was going to be, but it felt like that whole process was glazed over instead of emphasizing it in a way that seemed appropriate based on how the story set itself up. How ...more
Stephanie Davis
This book was fabulous. It was a real representation of the African American community in the 1920s. This book was about a community who wanted to build a new school. Mr. Rosenwald, the president of Sears, would donate half of the money to any community that could raise the other half. With the help of Mr. Rosenwald, this specific community was able to build a new school and countless other schools were also able to build schools for African American children in the south. This book shows compas ...more
(NS)Jordyn
An amazingly educational picture book that digs into a piece of history that I never really knew existed. Written in a poetic format, with illustrations from the same artist who did the pictures for Stars in the Darkness. This would be especially well worth using with upper graders (5-8th) who may have more historical background knowledge.
Mary Crytzer
This child's book is an eye opener as to the difficulties African Americans has to face being treated as second class citizens. The book is a story told in short stories about the building of a new school. The line that really stood out was "I wonder if white children learn the same way we do"? The art work was simple but effective.
Erin
Given to me by my amazing mother. Christmas 2013. This is the story of the Rosenwald schools. Mr. Rosenwald was the founder of Sears and donated huge amounts of money to build schools in black communities in the poor South.
Alesha Harris
This is a great book to use for lessons in Social Studies. This books teaches children about the history of African-Americans during times of segregation.
Diane
Looking forward to teaching a fourth grade lesson w/ this book.
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