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Enough! 20 Protesters Who Changed America

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From Samuel Adams to the students from Parkland, march through history with the heroic revolutionary protesters who changed America.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Nov 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
Things that are a protest: a football player taking a knee. Rosa Park not giving up her seat. Yoko Ono and John in bed for peace.

Things that are not a protest: A trans child presenting in the manner that suits her gender identity.

The inclusion of Jazz Jennings is sloppy, incorrect, and cheap device. Do better by trans children.
Cute, though the pages are simplistic. Each page just has a a single sentence on it: for example, "Colin took a knee" with an illustration of Colin Kaepernick. Then, a couple pages at the end collects more information about each featured protester. I'd have liked it better if the information included in the back of the book had been put on their individual pages instead.

It's a bit debatable as to whether all those included were "protesters", per se, but the spirit of activism is present in every
Love this! A two-page, full-bleed, full-color spread for each "heroic protester," with one sentence saying what he or she did--"Samuel threw a tea party," "Woody sang for you and me," "Ruby went to school." Each spread is worth poring over: the perspective is sometimes straight on, sometimes from a distance, or from an unusual angle. I love the "Tommie and John raised their fists" illustration, which is seen from above the athletes' heads, fists large in the foreground. (Gutsy call to use this i ...more
Natalie Carbery
The language of this book is very simple and easy for small children to digest. I was checking it out to see if it would be a good fit for my nieces and instead I found something extremely wonderful.

This book shows both passive and active resistance, which is so important to explain to kids early on.

But then I started crying. And here is why--it includes Colin Kaepernick and ends with the Parkland Students. This does not choose to focus on any one race or issue, everyone is included and it is
Robbi C
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: h-books
Powerful book! Each two page spread features different protests or activists throughout history. Easy enough to read just as a picture book but provides more in-depth info about each page at the end. Beautiful, made me cry, and I even learned about some activists I had not known before!
An intro to protest movements and actions in the US, from Samuel Adams to the Parkland students. Each person/group/movement gets a simple sentence and a gentle two-page illustration, with more info in the back. It’s a good starting place with young kids, though I appreciate some of the other reviewers’ critiques of the choices or framings here.

One thing I like is that there are multiple figures/movements from some eras of history (like the Vietnam War), to show that protests don’t just happen o
Adam Lockhart
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My wife and niece (both teachers) were talking about this book and it sounded bold for a children’s book.
My niece brought her copy and I was riveted by everything in it. The art is captivating. My wife as a first grade teacher says her kids will find this perfect for beginning readers.
Each page has only a single line of text and it makes each one memorable. It left me wanting to research the less familiar stories.
Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait long as their are brief summaries of each of t
Kris Dersch
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really like the format of this. Simple enough to share with a small child, older or curious readers can dip into the short bios at the back, the pictures are allowed to do much of the telling. I also like how many things can be an act of protest...sometimes it's sitting on a bus seat or demonstrating at the Olympics but sometimes it's putting on a dress or going to school. Be sure not to miss the author's note where she tells her story of how she came to write the book.
There will be those who
Jan 14, 2021 rated it liked it
I wanted to really like this one. Words are sparse. With more information provided to each person/event at the back. In terms of the layout I think it would be better suited as a picture book to have that information inlaid on the page of the person/event. Makes more sense for the flow of a read aloud. The illustrations are fantastic. Captivating and bright.

I know that it was limited to only twenty, and in that twenty will need to be the classics, and I appreciate the lesser known folk as well
A short picture book of 20 protesters who changed America, from Samuel Adams and Harriet Tubman to Jazz Jennings, Colin Kaepernick, and the students in Parkland. A pretty good cross-section of causes and the protesters who championed them. Each two-page spread has an illustration and a short phrase, like "Ruby went to school" or "Rachel wrote a book," and leaves it up to the parents to fill in who Ruby Bridges or Rachel Carson are and why their protest matters (there is an appendix explaining mo ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m torn by this book. On one hand, the simplicity of the simple sentence on each page shows how diverse and simple a protest can be. On the other hand, it minimizes the extreme struggle and difficulty involved for the people featured. I did like that the author chose some different and newer people to mix in with the well-known ones. Some of the less-talked about people include musician Woodie Guthrie, environmentalist Rachel Carson, Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos, artist Gilbert Baker, ...more
Simple enough for toddlers, each page contains one sentence about history changing Americans from the founding of the country through today. Many are well known faces of movements like African Americans' fight for freedom and equality, along with lesser known activists for gay rights and the Parkland students who marched for gun control. I was disappointed that the Black Lives Matter movement wasn't mentioned. A decent introduction with a page of short bios at the back. ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Was going to give this a five until I finished it. Realized that there was not inclusion of any Indigenous protests, and some of the back matter was misleading and factually incorrect. I still gave it three stars because I appreciate the book even existing, and although there are some glaring missteps, on the whole it is important, and I appreciate it's simplicity. Also, the illustrations are great. ...more
Mary Lee
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sparse text will resonate with the protesters who are familiar, and prompt (I hope) the desire to learn more about those who aren't familiar. Love that the types of protests span issues of politics, race, equity, worker's rights, women's rights, transgender rights, school safety/gun control and more.

The back matter includes a short paragraph of information with a key date, and a quote (or two...or three) for each person/group.

Would pair well with Rise Up! The Art of Protest.
Hailey Crater
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Copyright: 2018
Theme: One person can do really big things and stand up for your beliefs

I love how this book starts with Samuel Adams protesting the Boston Tea and ends with the Parkland student protest to end gun violence. All twenty of the posters have different races, genders, religions, and beliefs that many students can relate with. In my classroom, I would use this book when talking about self worth and standing up when something seems wrong.
Dena Vincent
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
This book is written as a picture book. However, there is not enough there to interest a young listener. Each page has one sentence with no story. The reader would have to fill in what has been left out. It would have been better to write it as a teen book with more meat to it. In the back of the book are the descriptions of the people mentioned however, it would have been better to write more about them in the book. I think this book missed it's audience. ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prek-2
From the Boston Tea Party to the Parkland Students this book covers people who stood up to change America. The text itself doesn't tell very much but the end notes provide the necessary information about the featured protesters. The pictures are beautiful and I learned about at least two people that I hadn't heard of before. ...more
A simple picture book that highlights many people who have stood up for their rights. I liked that it not only included Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, but also Colin Kaepernick and the Parkland students. The back matter provides a little bit of information, but I see it as a springboard for kids to become interested and head off and learn more.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Chronological and diverse in nature; simple structure for the majority of the book. This illustrates to kids just HOW many ways people have stood up for their rights/the rights of others...
An excellent springboard for young children with more information in the back; this book could definitely inspire further research.
Many times I chide a book for being too wordy. This is the opposite. There are many people outlined in this book who stood out for their efforts in taking a stand. But each page has an illustration of the person/people with only their name and a brief few words after. It's only at the back of the book where the reader can find details. ...more
Cara Byrne
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
"Rosa kept her seat. / Ruby went to school. / Rachel wrote a book. / Martin had a dream." With close up illustrations and four - eight word sentences, American history of protest is celebrated in this picture book, including Parkland high school students, Colin Kaepernick, and women of the Time's Up movement. ...more
Beautiful illustrations tell the basics of 20 different protestors with extra explanations at the back. It's amazing to look at how long some of these protests take historically and then relate it to present day where people THINK they know how protests work and want to tell the protestors, very inaccurately, how things work and what they should do. ...more
Penny lurkykitty
A modern, relevant compilation of protestors in US history. The illustrations are simple and compelling. I really liked the bios and quotes at the back of the book. My daughter and I learned about people we knew little about. The only thing I would have changed is to put the bio on the same page as the illustration so constant flipping back and forth can be avoided.
Miko Lee
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inspired by her cousins involvement in the Parkland shooting this author created a illustrated little kids book about protestors from Harriet Tubman to Colin Kapernick and ending with the Parkland students. Short blurbs on beautiful double spread portraits make it easy for little ones. A detailed 4 end pages provide info about these heroes for further investigation.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A powerful book about 20 different individuals who have or are currently changing things with their ability to speak up, stand out, and not be afraid. It is designed to be shared with any age child with more information about each person in the back. A great introduction for children or a way to continue a conversation...
Bea Elwood
Jun 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: bebe
I knew all the stories except America Ferrera and the Time's Up movement. A very simple picture book but the Author's Note and Forward along with the four pages of background at the end were really helpful. I appreciated the many ways protesters could demonstrate even if I wanted to read more about each one of those people. A very young readers book. ...more
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up at my local library to read to my son. I like how a child could easily read it since there is only a few words per page. I love how at the back of the book it tells you what each person accomplished, and the story behind the pictures are short enough that you would be able to keep your child's attention. I even learned some new things from this book! ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Protests comes in many ways. Standing up. Remaining seated. Taking a knee. From Samuel Adams to the Parkland students, readers will be know they too can make a difference. Simple text makes up the actual story with mini bios at the end of the book.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
On my first read, it bothered me because I thought it oversimplified the people and events presented. On my second read, I enjoyed the nuggets of information, and was curious to learn more than the notes given in the back of the book.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A picture book simplifies acts of protest, reminding us that profound protests (essentially, expressed ideas) often are amplified acts that could appear to be quiet: sitting down, wearing a dress, sewing a flag.
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