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Grandmama's Pride (Golden Kite Honors)

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Every summer Sarah Marie visits her Grandmama who lives in the south. She doesn't realize how segregated the south is because Grandmama is too proud to put up with those things. They walk to town instead of sitting in the back of the bus.

Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 1/1/2005 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 7 and Up
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Albert Whitman & Company
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In the book "Grandmama's Pride", Sarah Marie and her mother and sister travel from the north to visit their grandmother in Maryland. This is during the time of the civil rights movement, where segregation was still very prevalent. When they first get on the bus, their mother tells them to head to the back seat because "The back seat is the best seat on the bus". This is just one of the many clues throughout the book that the adults are trying to protect the children from the segregation in the s ...more
Grandmama's Pride by Becky Birtha, illustrations by Colin Bootman, is a story of two girls and their mother who travel south, on a bus, to visit their Grandmama during the summer of 1956. The girls, ages 5 & 6, not knowing about segregation from living up north, are protected in different ways. Mama told them the back of the bus is the best spot, at the rest stop as the older girl, Sarah Marie, headed for the lunch counter, Mama reminded her they brought their lunches. And when they got to G ...more
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- I loved this book. It takes place in the south when Jim Crow segregation was happening during the Civil Rights Movements, and it tells a story about two younger sisters who travel from the North to the South to visit their grandma for the whole summer. The older sister of the two learns how to read and begins to understand what is going on in the social and political sphere they were living in. Although the book could have ended midway, it is still a great book. The sisters
Miss Balzaretti
Becky Birtha’s Children’s book Grandma’s Pride captures the social injustice of the south during the 1950s. The story is told from a young African American girl, Sarah’s, perspective when she travels to the South to visit her grandma during the summer. While being in the south Sarah becomes confused with some of the social differences she experiences in the north. For example, why she has to go to the restroom down the hall instead, sit in the back of the bus, pack their lunches instead of eatin ...more
Kourtnie Bussey
"Grandmama's Pride" reminds me a lot of my grandmother. In this story, there are two young African American girls who always travel with their grandmama. As soon as they get on the city bus, their grandmama's pride always shined bright. She told the girls that the back of the bus was the best part of the bus. Grandmama also packed their girls lunches, instead of having the girls be denied the right to go into the diner to eat. I love this story because I love that they still made the best out of ...more
Theresa Bartholomew
Grandmama’s Pride wouldn’t let her sit on the back of the bus. That’s why she walks everywhere.

In this story about two northern African-American girls who visit their grandmother in the south during the 1950s, the segregation has to be explained somehow and as the oldest girl and narrator catches on to what is going on, she realizes the implications.

Even more impressive than the storyline and how the subject is approached for young readers are the illustrations in the story. Their diversity and
Kate Hastings
When a girl goes down to the pre civil rights South to visit her grandmother, she is oblivious to the "Black" and "White" signs because her grandmother always makes up stories about how the water from the fountain tastes bad, how walking is healthier than taking the bus, etc.

But once her aunt teaches her how to read, she starts to see the ugliness all around-- but helps grandma put up a good front for her little sister.

The next summer is completely different. The civil rights bill passed and now
Jun 10, 2013 Veronica added it
Shelves: manners
I'm working on creating a booklist for my local public library. This book was one in consideration for this list.

This is not going on my booklist. It simply has nothing to do with manners. It does have to do with civil rights, and for Black History Month, or civil rights booklists/displays, it is perfect.
This is a great story about a children's view of segregation in the south. It also shows the variety of ways that adults tried to protect children during this era, and later on explain what was going on.

The illustrations that accompany the story really help to capture the essence of the tale.
Excellent title to include in a unit on Civil Rights, segregation, etc. For those of us who live in Tennessee, it even mentions Clinton, TN as one of the towns where people were working to change the unfair laws.
This book outlines the lengthens adults will go to protect their little ones from the hatred of this world. This is a great book to use to open discussion about bullying and prejudice issues.
Beautifully moving book that takes a unique view of the Civil Rights Era, a perspective I've never seen before.
This book is really good!
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As a writer, I'm the author of three books for adults: two collections of short stories and a volume of poetry. My short stories have been widely anthologized, and some of my writing has appeared in textbooks. More recently, I've written two children's picture books. I'm also a parent, a Quaker, was an adoption worker for many years, and currently live in Delaware County, PA, just outside Philadel ...more
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