Virgie Goes to School With Us Boys

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Demco Media, Jan 1, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 24 pages
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Virgie was always begging to go to school with us boys.

""Papa, Mama, can I go too?""

My brothers had doubts. School was seven miles away -- a long way from Mama. Virgie was scarcely big as a field mouse. How could she make the trip? And girls didn't really need school. But I got to thinking: Virgie was free like we were. Free to learn. And didn't girls need to know how to write and add too? Mama and Papa thought so. And one summer, they decided to do something about it.

That was the year Virgie came to school with us boys. And she sure showed us!

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This is the true story of a young girl who refuses to give up on her dream of going to school. After begging her brother and her parents, a young girl is granted permission to attend school. Her ... Read full review

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Based upon the story of her own grandfather, Cornelius C. Fitzgerald, and his siblings, and their attendance at a Quaker-run school for newly liberated African-American slaves in post-Civil War ... Read full review

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Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard's grandfather was Cornelius "C.C." Fitzgerald. His brother Will told stories about their childhood to his daughter Jessie, who passed them along to the author. Inspired by these stories, Elizabeth visited Jonesborough, Tennessee, a town seven miles from where her grandfather grew up. There she learned about a school started by Quakers called the Warner Institute and wrote this story.

E.B. Lewis's watercolor paintings appear in BIG BOY and many other picture books. The recipient of a Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustration, he lives in Folsom, New Jersey.

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