About the Book
When James first started school, his sister practically had to drag him there. The classroom was dark and dreary, and James knew everything outside was more exciting than anything he'd find inside.
But his teacher taught him otherwise.
"We make our own light here," Reverend Meachum told James.
And through hard work and learning, they did, until their school was shut down by a new law forbidding African American education in Missouri. Determined to continue teaching his students, Reverend John Berry Meachum decided to build a new school-a floating school in the Mississippi River, just outside the boundary of the unjust law.
Based on true events, Ron Husband's uplifting illustrations bring to life Deborah Hopkinson's tale of a resourceful, determined teacher; his bright, inquisitive students; and their refusal to accept discrimination based on the color of their skin.
My Take on the Book
This was an amazing tale that bring to life real events in a very informative and educational way. The illustrations alone throughout the book made the words on the page come alive and if that is not enough the story itself was a compelling one. You get to see and experience discrimination first hand. This is a book that can open so many doors for parents to have meaningful conversations with their own kids about acceptance and inclusion as well as the history that our country went through to get to where we are today.
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