When Grandmama Sings

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HarperCollins, Jan 3, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
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"Belle, tonight was special. I could feel all of those folks with me. I want us to feel this way all the time. I want to sing in a place where black people and white people aren't kept apart," Grandmama said. "That's the kind of world I want for you."

When Grandmama Coles gets a big chance, Belle gets one, too. Belle's going to spend the summer touring the South with Grandmama and a swing jazz band! Belle's never been outside Pecan Flats, Mississippi, and she can't wait to go on the road with Grandmama, helping her read signs and menus and hearing her sing. There are so many new things to see on their travels through the Deep South. But some things aren't new. Everything is segregated, just like at home. But Grandmama stands up for what's right. And when she sings, Belle knows that Grandmama's song can bring everyone together.

From Margaree King Mitchell and James E. Ransome, the award-winning author and artist of Uncle Jed's Barbershop, comes this new picture-book collaboration about the gift of love, the beauty of music, and its power to bring people together—even in the segregated South.

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User Review  - hidthemyd - LibraryThing

A picture book that teaches kids history about racial segregation. It was an inspiring piece that shows people not to let something like color of one's skin get in their way of their dreams. Read full review

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User Review  - Amanda Osborne - Goodreads

This was a gorgeous and lyrical book set in the South during segregation. The illustrations were beautiful, the story itself just as lovely and the ending was poignant but uplifting at the same time. Definitely a book I'd recommend. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Margaree King Mitchell is the author of the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Uncle Jed’s Barbershop, illustrated by James E. Ransome, and Granddaddy’s Gift. She is the creator of the Everybody Has a Dream program, which empowers students in urban and rural areas to shoot for the stars with aspirations for their lives. Margaree lives in Kansas City, KS, where she is a member of the Midwest Children’s Authors Guild.

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