Illustrations by James E. Ransome
In the segregated South of the sixties, Granddaddy works hard on his farm, but makes time to fish with his grandson Michael. One special day, they walk into town--under a new law, Granddaddy is going to vote. Michael photographs his grandfather holding the ballot over his heart. When it’s finally Granddaddy’s turn, though, a deputy holds up a book full of long words and orders him to read it--when he can’t, the deputy tears up the ballot and throws it away. It’s a heartbreaking moment. Michael promises, “Don’t worry, Granddaddy, I’ll vote for you one day.” Years later, a college-age Michael takes along Granddaddy’s photo and proudly casts his vote. Ransome’s brilliant watercolors enhance the story with glowing greens and yellows for the farm and with the characters’ expressive faces. Based on a true story, the book brings to vivid life the struggle of black Americans for the right to vote.
2015, Ages 6 to 10
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.