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Sit-In by Andrea Davis Pinkney
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Aug 19, 2010

it was amazing
Read in August, 2010

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down
By Andrea Davis Pinkney illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Publisher: Little Brown and Co.
Trade Edition. ISBN 9780316070164. Price 16.99. unpaged. Includes timeline, afterword, further reading
4.5 stars
Four black students, inspired by the words of Martin Luther King, made history at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in February 1960. Fifty years later Andrea Davis Pinkney and her husband, illustrator Brian Pinkney have brought to life the events of that time and the Civil Rights Movement with this eloquent, evocative picture book. The words offer simple poetic prose. The message – “Combine black with white to make sweet justice”- is a consistent theme throughout. As the movement grows, Dr King’s words boldly come off the page reminding the demonstrators to “Demonstrate calm dignity” in the face of violence.
The muted, earth tone, watercolor images swirl across the double pages drawing the reader’s eye from the peaceful warriors, off the page to the many who joined the protest. Each image underscores the young men’s commitment to non-violence, yet fierce determination to be served “a doughnut and coffee with cream on the side”.
Readers of all ages will be offered a satisfying taste of history, whether used as a read aloud to the younger set, or as a supplement to a middle school curriculum. It tells an important story in the fight to end racial discrimination and the power of peaceful demonstration. I highly recommend it to school and public libraries.
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