Synopses & Reviews
Why has their grandmother bothered keeping a menu from a restaurant that closed years ago, a restaurant that never served very good food in the first place? Three cousins listen to Gee's own story, set in the early days of lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville, a time when a black child could sit up front in a city bus but still could not get a milk shake at a downtown restaurant. Through the eyes of ten-year-old Abby, young readers see what it was like to live through those days, and they'll come to understand that, like a menu, freedom is about having choices. Each book in this series tells the story behind a different "scrap of time"; together they form a patchwork quilt of one black family's past that stretches back for generations.
Gee recalls for her grandchildren what happened in 1960 in Nashville, Tennessee, when she, aged ten, passed out flyers while her cousin and other adults held sit-ins at restaurants and lunch counters to protest segregation.
Through the eyes of ten-year-old Abby, readers see what life was like for a black child in Nashville in 1960, when she couldn't get served a milkshake at a downtown restaurant. Illustrations.
When she questions why her mother has kept an old menu from a restaurant that no longer exists, she is given an important history lesson about the fight for Civil Rights as it related to her life during the era when she and all other black people were not permitted to sit at the counter alongside white customers. Reprint.
About the Author
Gordon C. James also illustrates the Scraps of Time series by Patricia C. McKissack. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.