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Ruth and the Green Book
by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Floyd Cooper


Overview - Ramsey tells the story of one black family's trip from Chicago to Alabama by car in the late 1940s. Along the way they encounter prejudice, but they also discover "The Green Book," a real guide to accommodations for African-American travelers. Illustrations.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Ramsey tells the story of one black family's trip from Chicago to Alabama by car in the late 1940s. Along the way they encounter prejudice, but they also discover "The Green Book," a real guide to accommodations for African-American travelers. Illustrations.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780761352556
  • ISBN-10: 0761352554
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
  • Publish Date: August 2010
  • Page Count: 1
  • Reading Level: Ages 6-9
  • Dimensions: 11.32 x 9.54 x 0.36 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Prejudice & Racism

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-10-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

At the core of this expressively illustrated fusion of fact and fiction is The Negro Motorist Green Book, first published in 1936, which listed hotels, restaurants, and other businesses that would serve African-Americans during an era when many would not. Charged with emotion, playwright Ramsey's story opens on an upbeat note, with Ruth and her parents embarking on a cross-country trip in their new 1952 Buick, traveling from Chicago to Grandma's home in Alabama. The family's spirits plummet when they are turned away from a service station restroom and a hotel, and see "White Only" signs in restaurant windows ("It hurt my feelings to be so unwelcome," says Ruth). However, a copy of the Green Book they purchase soon puts them in contact with friendly, helpful people all along the way. A sense of resiliency courses through Cooper's (Back of the Bus) filmy illustrations--beatific portraits of the Esso worker who sells the family their Green Book and the owner of a "tourist home" where the family spends the night radiate strength, kindness, and hope for a better future. Ages 7–11. (Nov.)

 
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