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Granddaddy's Gift by Margaree King Mitchell
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bookshelves: historical-fiction

Granddaddy's Gift, by Margaree King Mitchell, talks about the struggle that African Americans encountered while trying to gain the right to vote. The main characters in this story are Joe Morgan and his granddaughter, Little Joe. In spite of only completing his education through 8th grade, Joe is a man who has worked hard all of his life and owns his own farmland. When it comes time for someone in the Mississippi community to register for the right to vote, Joe is the man who steps up. As a result, the entire community is faced with adversity, but during the process valuable lessons are taught to his granddaughter along the way.

This is a great book to read around Election Day in November or during African American Heritage Month in the Winter. It helps children to better understand another aspect of segregation that previously took place in our country. It is also written with language that makes it easy for children to comprehend and and will help enhance further discussion. The illustrations perfectly complement the story and give it a very personal touch.

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