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Which Side Are You On? by George Ella Lyon
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Sep 04, 12

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Read in September, 2012

Which Side Are You On? provides a historical reference for children to learn about the harsh living conditions for families during the 1930's Union strike in Kentucky. In this story, a concerned mother, Ma, demonstrates extreme courage and individual strength to protect her family. By writing a song, Florence Reece's hopes to motivate the laborers to fight for their work rights as coal miners and protect their families. As a result, Florence's song was very inspirational to other during this time period, which moved the Union to pursue a strike. Lyon uses this historical figure to inspire people to make a difference in the lives of others. Readers are likely to admire the perseverance and courage of this one woman in our nation's history. Christopher Cardinale's illustrations are likely to attract a child's attention with his use of detailed graphics and comic-like images.
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