Monday, June 10, 2013

Working Cotton

Author: Sherley Anne Williams
Illustrator: Carole Byard  
Publisher:  Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Publication Year:   1992
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King Award

Summary:  The story of a family of migrant worker in the cotton fields in the 1930s. It's told in dialect. The acrylic illustrations fill the two page spreads and beautifully portray the realities of the story.

Classroom Ideas: This would fit well in a study of the 1930s or for Black History Month. While there are few words on each page, the dialect and subject matter make it most appropriate for upper elementary students who would likely have the academic background to understand it.

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