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We March

by Shane W. Evans

Published by A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2012
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59643-539-1

Ages 5-9

A child describes his family’s participation in the 1963 March on Washington. They get up in the morning, gather at church, make signs, board a bus, and join people from all over to march. “We are hot and tired, but we are filled with hope.” Short, declarative, present-tense sentences (only ten in all) convey a sense of immediacy, while the spare, stylized illustrations show the warmth, determination, and spirit of a mostly African American crowd. In an affecting juxtaposition, the two final page spreads show first the young boy atop his father’s shoulders, one hand reaching out, and then a mirror image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,with his hand reaching out as if toward the boy, the ring of his Free at Last” call filling the space between. A note at book’s end mentions more about the March on Washington, other notable Civil Rights-era marches, and the author/illustrator’s belief in the power of people coming together. (MS) ©2012 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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