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Virgie was always begging to go to school with us boys. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Iandgt;"Papa, Mama, can I go too?"andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; My brothers had doubts. School was seven miles away — a long way from Mama. Virgie was scarcely big as a field mouse. How could she make the trip? And girls didn't really need school. But I got to thinking: Virgie was free like we were. Free to learn. And didn't girls need to know how to write and add too? Mama and Papa thought so. And one summer, they decided to do something about it. andlt;BRandgt; That was the year Virgie came to school with us boys. And she sure showed us!

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"Howard (Chita's Christmas Tree) plucks fruit from her family tree for this stellar story of an African-American girl determined to get an education just like her brothers. Narrated by the young C.C. (Howard's grandfather), the tale is set during Reconstruction, when schools sprang up all over the South to help educate the children of freed slaves, and it is based on the particular school attended by the real-life C.C. and his siblings in Jonesborough, Tenn. Virgie, the youngest of the siblings and the only girl, is determined to attend the school, despite the protests of her family ('You scarcely big as a field mouse. And school's seven miles from here!'). Finally, her parents acquiesce, sending her off with her five brothers with a week's worth of food and clothing in a bucket. Undeterred by a slip in the creek and a scary trek through the woods ('Didn't I tell you about Raw Head and Bloody Bones? Get you if you're not good, folks said. Might get you anyway'), Virgie is a radiant heroine. The easy flow of vernacular effortlessly propels the story, and Howard proves herself adept at plucking a large-scale episode from history and adapting it to the scale of a picture book. Lewis's (The Bat Boy and His Violin) luminous watercolors capture both the rhythms of C.C. and Virgie's rural existence and the story's emotional subtext, and his character studies fairly burst with life. Ages 6-8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

All Virgie wants to do is go to school with her five older brothers, who think she's too small and that girls don't need an education. Based on the lives of the author's ancestors, this story is captured in colorful artwork by Coretta Scott King honoree E.B. Lewis.

Synopsis:

All Virgie wants is to go to school with her brothers George, Will, Nelson, Val, and C. C. But they keep saying she's too little for the long, seven-mile walk, and that girls don't need school.<P>Well, Virgie doesn't agree, and she's not gonna let anything stand in her way.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard'sandlt;/Bandgt; grandfather was Cornelius "C.C." Fitzgerald. His brother Will told stories about their childhood to his daughter Jessie, who passed them along to the author. Inspired by these stories, Elizabeth visited Jonesborough, Tennessee, a town seven miles from where her grandfather grew up. There she learned about a school started by Quakers called the Warner Institute and wrote this story.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780689877933
Author:
Lewis, E.B.
Publisher:
Aladdin Paperbacks
Illustrator:
Lewis, E. B.
Author:
Lewis, E. B.
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Historical - United States - General
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B221
Publication Date:
January 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10.5 x 8.5 in 4.9 oz
Age Level:
5-8

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Howard (Chita's Christmas Tree) plucks fruit from her family tree for this stellar story of an African-American girl determined to get an education just like her brothers. Narrated by the young C.C. (Howard's grandfather), the tale is set during Reconstruction, when schools sprang up all over the South to help educate the children of freed slaves, and it is based on the particular school attended by the real-life C.C. and his siblings in Jonesborough, Tenn. Virgie, the youngest of the siblings and the only girl, is determined to attend the school, despite the protests of her family ('You scarcely big as a field mouse. And school's seven miles from here!'). Finally, her parents acquiesce, sending her off with her five brothers with a week's worth of food and clothing in a bucket. Undeterred by a slip in the creek and a scary trek through the woods ('Didn't I tell you about Raw Head and Bloody Bones? Get you if you're not good, folks said. Might get you anyway'), Virgie is a radiant heroine. The easy flow of vernacular effortlessly propels the story, and Howard proves herself adept at plucking a large-scale episode from history and adapting it to the scale of a picture book. Lewis's (The Bat Boy and His Violin) luminous watercolors capture both the rhythms of C.C. and Virgie's rural existence and the story's emotional subtext, and his character studies fairly burst with life. Ages 6-8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , All Virgie wants to do is go to school with her five older brothers, who think she's too small and that girls don't need an education. Based on the lives of the author's ancestors, this story is captured in colorful artwork by Coretta Scott King honoree E.B. Lewis.
"Synopsis" by , All Virgie wants is to go to school with her brothers George, Will, Nelson, Val, and C. C. But they keep saying she's too little for the long, seven-mile walk, and that girls don't need school.<P>Well, Virgie doesn't agree, and she's not gonna let anything stand in her way.
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