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Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  293 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Nine African American students made history when they defied a governor and integrated an Arkansas high school in 1957. It was the photo of one of the nine trying to enter the school a young girl being taunted, harassed and threatened by an angry mob that grabbed the worlds attention and kept its disapproving gaze on Little Rock, Arkansas. In defiance of a federal court ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Compass Point Books
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Well done and poignant, but perhaps not outstanding. You meet the two main subjects of the photo and the photographer, and get a nuanced and lively context for their ongoing lives as well as Little Rock, segregation, the Civil Rights movement. Its facts are careful and its text smooth and accessible.

While I think the emphasis on the visual record is used effectively in the book and will capture young readers' attention, the book doesn't fulfill the promise of its title. I wonder if some
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found myself wondering if the author was white while reading. The narrative has a way of depicting events that feels not from the perspective of the central figure of the photograph, Elizabeth Eckford. For example: “When EE confronted the angry mob....” Umm, actually they confronted her, right? She’s peacefully attempting to attend school. Also, much is made of the reporter who sat with Elizabeth. The author writes, “Fine comforted Elizabeth. ‘Don’t let them see you cry,’ he told her.” So we’ ...more
Nancy Kotkin
Nonfiction children's book about The Little Rock Nine and the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in the late 1950s. While the famous photograph of Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan is discussed, the book goes into much more biographical information of all the Little Rock Nine. Specific events and media coverage of the time period are also included. There is a timeline in the back of the book, and many relevant photographs sprinkled throughout the text. This book provides ...more
MiKayla McLamb
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elm-335
This book fulfilled the nonfiction genre. I chose this book because I remembered learning about the Little Rock Nine in my social studies class in elementary school and middle school. This is a historical event that really interest me because everyone deserves the right to equal education.

This book is highlights on Elizabeth Eckford's journey as one of the most known Little Rock Nine. She showed up to school alone on the first day. She was ridiculed because of her race. A picture taken of her
Brittany Becker
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Little Rock Girl" tells the story of the nine African-Americans, known as the "Little Rock Nine," who attended an all white high school. Elizabeth Eckford is the most known Little Rock Nine. She showed up at the school alone, while the other eight students came together. She didn't get the message that they were all going to meet beforehand and walk to school together. Elizabeth had to face the protesters alone at Little Rock Central High School. When she first arrived at school, the
A brief but specific look at the photo that was seen around the world in 1957. Elizabeth Eckford hadn't gotten the message that everyone was meeting at someone's house on their first day of integrating Little Rock Central High School, so she calmly walked to the bus stop behind tinted sunglasses and a crisp white dress to wait while hecklers walked behind her shouting. This picture and it's photographer are discussed about it's ramifications, the civil rights movement, desegregation and ...more
Karen Arendt
After reading Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine, I had to read The Little Rock Girl 1957. The book is not too long and included captioned photographs on every page of the events during the conflict. The book also includes information about the current lives of the Little Rock 9 as well as some of the reporters and the segregationists. The pictures alone are worth the reading but the text is so informative as well. Must read for every one.

Robert Carraher
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 8-14 and many aduclts
This review is a first for The Dirty Lowdown, which is befitting since the subject of this book was also a first, although infinitely more courageous and important. This book, Little Rock Girl 1957, meant for readers ages eight through about fourteen. That makes this the first “JUVENILE” book we have reviewed here. That said, I know an awful lot of adults that could benefit from a refresher course in American History.

On September 4, 1957, less than two weeks from today, in Little Rock, Arkansas
Becky Cross
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the informational text part of the paired text review.

Little Rock Girl 1957 digs into the story behind and beyond the chilling photo by Will Counts that captures a white high school girl, Hazel, yelling at African American high schooler Elizabeth as she tries to start high school at Little Rock Central High School in the fall of 1957. I always enjoy reading the "behind the story" about photos and people and it was interesting to me to read what happened in the years that followed and
Charly Carbray
I only gave this book a few stars, because the story itself, to me, could have been told in a much more impactful way. I think that this photograph truly did change the fight for integration, and gave a face to the children who were suffering. I also really like this book as an added perspective when reading things such as Lions of Little Rock because the Little Rock Nine are mentioned numerous times, and I think this book is a great way to educate children on them before hand.

I would ask
Ron Tonelli
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a timely read. There is so much in the news right now that corresponds to the same instance described in this novel. I can't help but think of the recent scene on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

This was well-written, and described the anger and anxiousness of the Civil Rights Movement. I think this will help kids understand the violence and aggression that surrounded these moments in our history.
Mrs. Shaundell Smith
I find the picture of Elizabeth, one of the Little Rock 9, and Hazel fascinating. This book was an enlightening read, which provided me with many details behind the scenes of Brown vs. Board of Education ruling and what was happening in the South. This is great background information as we read and study more about the Little Rock 9 and the Civil Rights Movement.
We are 60 years removed from the actions in this book but it seems that we are no where near to being relieved of the horrible incidents of racial violence. This book is a good reminder to those who care to stay vigilant against racism.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Children's non-fiction book; I read to get a brief idea of the story. More info about the meet up with the two women/ their relationship and then distancing themselves would have made for a richer text, but I'm assuming other books take on that topic more thoroughly.
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I knew that Elizabeth Eckford never got the news that all of the students were to meet at Daisy Bates' house (head of the state's chapter of the NAACP) so that they could all walk to school together. I'm sure we've all seen the photo of the white mob with twisted faces spewing hatred at an African-American student trying to walk to school. However, I didn't know how far that mob had followed the 15-year-old Eckford. They surrounded her at a bus stop and
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On September 4, 1957, nine black students were to meet at the home of Daisy Bates, the local head of the NAACP and then, together with a police escort, they were to head to Little Rock's Central High School in an attempt to integrate the school. Unfortunately,Elizabeth Eckhorn's parents didn't own a phone so she didn't get the message. She arrived first and alone at the school and was immediately surrounded by an angry white mob.

Will Counts, a local photographer, was able to capture this event -
Elizabeth Eckford was one of the Little Rock Nine. She got spit on and had mean things said to her when she tried to go to school with white kids. This talked about how one girl stood up and was the symbol for hope in integration. The book then goes on to discuss fighting for equality and how it wasn't always the easiest but African Americans kept pushing through. Elizabeth had one picture taken of her, she was walking away while white people were yelling at her and this one picture changed the ...more
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was just amazing. The author took a photograph that probably most adults have seen at least once in one of their history textbooks (whether they remember it or not) and really makes both it and the era come alive for readers of all ages.

The photographs are definitely the stars in this book, as they really show readers snapshots of what was happening in the Arkansas of 1957, but the text is just as effective. It tells, simply but with great impact, what was going on in the South at
Elizabeth Church
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One photograph can alter perceptions and allow our eyes to focus on disturbing and important issues. The cover photo of the book, Little Rock Girl 1957, is one of those photos as it exposed the nation to the fight for equal rights thorough one young woman’s struggle for a better education.

Shot by a local newspaper photographer, Will Counts, it became an iconic image of our country’s troubled role in segregation and Civil Rights. The photo captures African American teenager Elizabeth Eckford, one
Isabella S
The Little Rock girl by Shelley Tougas is about black youth in a newly integrated school in the south, and their struggle with acceptance. Fifteen year old Elizabeth Eckford is tormented by protestors outside her school in Arkansas. Protestors scream at her and call her disgusting names just so she and the other members of the “Little Rock 9” won’t go to school. The “Little Rock Nine” are nine black students that go to an all white high school. The nine are tormented by the protestors. The ...more
Journalists know the impact photographs can have on public opinion, and that has never been more certain than during the civil rights movement. This book, part of the Captured History series, focuses on the attempt to integrate an Arkansas high school in 1957. Nine African American teens were selected to enter the school against the governor's wishes. The photograph in question features one of the students, Elzabeth Eckford, who tried to enter the building alone due to miscommunication. She is ...more
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grade/Interest Level: 6-8
Lexile Level: 1010L
Genre: Nonfiction, Information Book

Main Characters: Little Rock 9
Setting: Little Rock, Arkansas -1957
POV: Third Person

This book provides the reader with background information on the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas 1957. The book mostly uses pictures to convey the message of that difficult first day of school for the African American students. This day was especially difficult for Elizabeth Eckfort who did not receive the
Sara Berrafato
This is my first informational book review. Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration by Shelley Tougas is an informational book that describes the events around the Little Rock Nine, a group of teens in 1957 who were the first to integrate in Arkansas public schools. The book uses the famous picture of Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan to frame the events that occurred and how it influenced the civil rights movement. It is an interesting format in the fact that ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration, by Shelley Tougas, tells the story of how the photograph of 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford trying to enter Little Rock Central High School amidst jeers of white students and other white people from the community captured the racially charged moment for all of history. Photographer Will Counts, a local newspaperman, dressed deceptively in a plaid shirt instead of a suit, was able to move in very close to his subjects. He ...more
Erin S.
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Little Rock Girl 1957 by Shelley Tougas, the reader learns that things get better in the end. The narrator takes the reader through a scarily true story about a shy young girl, Elizabeth Eckford, and how she was mobbed during the integration and how the whole moment was captured in one picture. The picture was printed in newspapers around the whole, telling the world about the injustices occurring in Little Rock, Alabama. The photo angered many people and inspired some to take action and ...more
The text in this non-fiction account of the Little Rock Nine is accessible for upper elementary school students, but I would consider it an "and-up" type of book due to the history, cutural, political and society values present in the topic. It is a larger history of the Civil Rights Movement with its focus on the events in Arkansas. The book also includes an excellent time-line, glossary, and resources (including an Internet resource researched by the staff). The Selected Bibliography alone ...more
School Library Journal: When Will Counts snapped a photo on September 4, 1957, Elizabeth Eckford reluctantly became the face of the fight for school integration in Little Rock. In it, Eckford is poised and stoic as Hazel Bryan, shouting violently, follows behind her. This book explores the photo in depth, providing the perspectives of the two subjects and the photographer and discussing what the image meant in the struggle for school integration. Tougas works with this premise and provides ...more
I read this book as part of my informational book club.

Little Rock Girl 1957 by Shelley Tougas is about the backlash after the "Little Rock Nine" attempted to go to an all white school in Arkansas. The book focuses on photographs taken of Elizabeth Eckford, one of the nine black students who was at first turned way from the school by National Guardsmen and an angry white mob.

The book is more of a story of one particular girl involved along with a history of the event and the history behind
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, read-2012
Shelley Tougas has used a photograph that exemplifies the emotional intensity of the civil rights movement and built a book around it. Will Counts’ photo of Hazel Bryan sneering at 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford on September 4, 1957 shows both hatred and serenity, although Elizabeth’s dark glasses could be hiding fear. The Little Rock Nine were to have met up at a girl’s home before trying to integrate Little Rock High School on that day but Elizabeth did not get that message so showed up alone. ...more
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, week-10
I read this book as the nonfiction book for my Week 10 Informational Book club book. This book was a very powerful book following the story and struggle of school integration in Little Rock and the power of a photograph. The photographs throughout this book were strong and powerful. It is clear how the news reporters and photographers like Will Counts were instrumental in gaining national and global attention on the issues of racism and school segregation. This book gave a lot of details about ...more
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