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A Sweet Smell of Roses
by Angela Johnson and Eric Velasquez


Overview - Two Coretta Scott King Award winners celebrate the participation of children during the civil rights movement with this story of two young girls who sneak out of their house at night to go across town where men and women gather for a march for justice.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Two Coretta Scott King Award winners celebrate the participation of children during the civil rights movement with this story of two young girls who sneak out of their house at night to go across town where men and women gather for a march for justice. Full color.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780689832529
  • ISBN-10: 0689832524
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Publish Date: November 2004
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 10.28 x 11.4 x 0.45 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.11 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States - African-American
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - United States - 20th Century

 
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The important role of protest marches in America's civil rights movement is explored in A Sweet Smell of Roses. Written by Angela Johnson, a 2003 MacArthur Fellow, this is a lyrical, simple story of two girls who slip out of the house one morning to march with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Eric Velasquez's charcoal illustrations provide a period feel for the story and are set off by the red bow on the teddy bear the younger girl carries with her on the march.

As a symbol of promise of better, sweeter times, the red roses also grace the last page of the book, when the girls return home safely, infused with hope and the possibility of change.

Deborah Hopkinson's newest book is Billy and the Rebel, a story for young readers inspired by a true incident at the Battle of Gettysburg.

 
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