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Lillian抯 Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

by Jonah Winter
Illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Published by Schwartz & Wade, 2015
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢠥85390286

Ages 710

揂 very old woman stands at the bottom of a very steep hill. It抯 Voting Day, she抯 an American, and by God, she is going to vote. Lillian is her name. An informative picture book covers an expanse of history and emotion as 100-year-old Lillian ascends the hill, reflecting on African Americans and voting. Her great-great-grandparents were sold on the auction block in front of a courthouse where only white men could vote. Her great grandfather, her grandfather and uncle, her parents, and Lillian herself lived through times when the right to vote existed in theory but was denied in fact or pursued with great risk. Lillian remembers struggles and losses of the Civil Rights Movement, the march from Selma to Montgomery, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, after which she cast her first ballot. Her ascent is a metaphor in which the struggle is tangible, palpable (搈y, but that hill is steep). Her encounter with a young man whom she asks, 揂re you going to vote? You better is one of many powerful moments. Shane W. Evans抯 layered art skillfully distinguishes present from past and is full of its own rich symbolism.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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