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Sit-In : How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down
by Andrea Davis Pinkney and J. Brian Pinkney


Overview - It was February 1, 1960.
They didn't need menus. Their order was simple.

A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side.
This picture book is a celebration of the 50 th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement.
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Overview
It was February 1, 1960.
They didn't need menus. Their order was simple.

A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side.
This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement.
Andrea Davis Pinkney uses poetic, powerful prose to tell the story of these four young men, who followed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words of peaceful protest and dared to sit at the -whites only- Woolworth's lunch counter. Brian Pinkney embraces a new artistic style, creating expressive paintings filled with emotion that mirror the hope, strength, and determination that fueled the dreams of not only these four young men, but also countless others.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780316070164
  • ISBN-10: 0316070165
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: February 2010
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 7-10
  • Dimensions: 11.96 x 9.44 x 0.44 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.19 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 50.
  • Review Date: 2010-02-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

The latest collaboration by this husband-and-wife team (the Caldecott Honor book Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra) recreates the renowned 1960 sit-in staged by four black college students at a Greensboro “whites only” lunch counter. The narrative incorporates a steady stream of food metaphors, noting that the students ignored the law’s “recipe” for segregation (“a bitter mix”) replacing it the “new brew” of integration. Unfortunately, this device is more trite than moving (“Their order was simple: A double dose of peace, with nonviolence on the side”) and, at times, can come across as glib. Brief quotations by Martin Luther King Jr. appear in large, blocky text, emphasizing his influence on the actions of this quartet as well as those who followed their lead, staging sit-ins across the South. Brian Pinkney’s sinuous watercolor and ink art conveys the solidity and determination of the activists as well as a building energy that grew out of their act of civil disobedience. A succinct civil rights time line and additional facts and suggested reading about the topic round out this account. Ages 6–up. (Feb.)

 
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