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Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color Hardcover – Sep 1 2007

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsong; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590784561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590784563
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,581,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color Feb. 8 2009
By Genevieve Brooks - Published on
Format: Hardcover
When I learned that Ms Alexander was the inagural poet I was curious about her so I bought the book. I was pleased with the book and its interesting history about the education of blacks in America.

I was introduced to the book by Dr. Irene Hall, co-founder of Discovery Charter School in Newark, NJ, my Alternate Route Instructor, who had her students read the book prior to Pres. Obama's inaguration. She told us about the book and it's historical importance; therefore when I purchased it I knew what I was getting.

I must say I was not disappointed. The book was well written and put together to make such a sobering series of event interesting.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children Jan. 25 2009
By Yana V. Rodgers - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Prudence Crandall, a young schoolteacher with a Quaker upbringing, started a boarding school for female students in Canterbury, Connecticut in 1831. Although the townspeople had helped to establish the school, their support soon changed into outrage when Ms. Crandall accepted a young African American woman from Boston. Outrage led to withdrawal of the white students as Ms. Crandall admitted a second student of color, and by early 1833 the school had only black girls in attendance.

Efforts by the townspeople to close the school intensified as they arrested and briefly jailed Ms. Crandall, harassed the students, stopped selling provisions to the school, and ultimately ransacked the building and set it on fire. Although the town succeeded in closing the school, Ms. Crandall continued to speak out about social justice across the country, and ultimately the town of Canterbury made reparations for their wrongful actions.

Elizabeth Alexander (poet for the 2009 inauguration of President Obama) and Marilyn Nelson (poet laureate of the state of Connecticut, 2002-06), use a series of carefully-crafted and beautiful sonnets to relate the story of Prudence Crandall and her students. The uncertainties of leaving home for a boarding school, the joys of gaining new knowledge, the frustration in encountering resistance from the town, and the fears of experiencing harassment are all captured in the powerful verses. Floyd Cooper's moving illustrations work extremely well in helping the reader to interpret the poems. This unique book of poetry provides teachers and parents with a new opportunity for teaching important lessons about discrimination, education, and U.S. history.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color Nov. 14 2009
By Jay - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book. The story is told through poetry. I couldn't put it down.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good Service Sept. 15 2008
By Yolanda A. Neville - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book that I ordered arrived in a timely manner and in excellent condition.