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Birmingham, 1963 Hardcover – Sep 1 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: WordSong; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590784405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590784402
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 19.9 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,883,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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* "A gorgeous memorial to the four killed on that horrible day, and to the thousands of children who braved violence to help change the world." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Filled with emotion. . . . This is a book that should be in every library collection." --Library Media Connection, starred review

* "An intimate experience. . . . An emotional read, made even more accessible and powerful by the viewpoint of the child narrator." --School Library Journal, starred review

About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford is an award-winning poet and author of over two dozen books for children, including Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom and Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins. She has won the Carter G. Woodson Award from the National Council for the Social Studies and the Juvenile Literature Award from the American Association of University Women-North Carolina.

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HASH(0xa57edbac) out of 5 stars Birmingham, 1963 Feb. 16 2008
By M. E. Pesko - Published on
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One of my favorite books is THe Watson's Go to Birmingham -1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. This new book by Carole Weatherford is an excellent addition to a text set on the Civil Rights Movement. THrough the eyes of a 10-year old girl attending church on that fateful Sunday in September, Weatherford creates a tribute not only to the four little girls who died in the bombing, but to all those who worked for change despite the cruelty and horror of the times. Both books should be accompanied by Spike Lee's "Four Little Girls." Weatherford's book about the Greensboro sit-ins - Freedom on the Menu - adds another dimension to the story. I would start out the unit with The Story of Ruby Bridges and THrough My Eyes (by Ruby Bridges) - books that tell about the integration of New Orleans schools in 1960. All these books allow us to see the times through the eyes of children.
THe photos in Birmingham, 1963 help today's students get a sense of the times. THe four photos of the girls at the end accompanied by short poems about each helps today's children see how these girls were real children who played with their friends, participated in band and scouts and church and dreamed of their future.