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Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey
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Mar 14, 2011

it was amazing
Read in March, 2011

This is a picture book about a girl named Ruth and her family taking a car trip from Chicago to Alabama. Ruth discovers that her African-American family aren't treated very well on the road - they are refused service at a motel and can't use service station restrooms. A friendly attendent at an Esso gas station shows the family "The Green Book" which lists places that would welcome black travelers. This book helps them have a safe journey.

I was reading a story online about "The Negro Motorist Green Book," and it mentioned that there had been a picture book published about it. The story is told in Ruth's voice and the pictures have a dreamy quality about them and are very good at conveying the emotions of Ruth, her family and the people they meet along the way. A nice book about a piece of history I knew nothing about.
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