Item description for Mississippi Morning by Ruth Vander Zee & Floyd Cooper...
Overview Amidst the economic depression and the racial tension of the 1930s, a boy discovers a horrible secret of his father's involvement in the Ku Klux Klan.
Awards and Recognitions Mississippi Morning by Ruth Vander Zee & Floyd Cooper has received the following awards and recognitions -
Nautilus Award - 2005 Finalist - Children's Illustrated category
Citations And Professional Reviews Mississippi Morning by Ruth Vander Zee & Floyd Cooper has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
School Library Journal - 09/01/2004 page 182
Kirkus Review - Children - 09/15/2004 page 921
Booklist - 10/15/2004 page 406
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2005 page 55
Multicultural Review - 06/01/2005 page 99
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2005 page 86
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 1031
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1569
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Studio: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.4" Width: 8.46" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Grade Level Middle School
ISBN 0802852114 ISBN13 9780802852113
Availability 0 units.
More About Ruth Vander Zee & Floyd Cooper
Ruth Vander Zee, teacher and author, has also written Erika's Story, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti (Creative Editions), and Mississippi Morning, illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Eerdmans). Ruth lives in Miami, Florida.
Ruth Vander Zee currently resides in Miami, in the state of Florida.
Reviews - What do customers think about Mississippi Morning?
Wow, Powerful book Jun 1, 2009
This book is a very powerful book, the truth is there and like all kids need to know, their parents aren't perfect and this book sheds light on a shamful time in our history. I liked this book, my young children were saddened by the father's actions.
This One Stirs The Soul! Jul 14, 2008
The seeds of racism planted by adults impact children in ways that in time confront us, unnerve us, and ultimately challenge us to embrace the human family. This focus is candidly portrayed in Ruth Vander Zee's historical fiction work, MISSISSIPPI MORNING. Masterfully illustrated by Floyd Cooper, this children's book takes a glimpse at life in a Mississippi town as seen through the eyes of James William, a white youngster. The story takes place during 1933, a time when Jim Crow laws and "that's-just-the-way-it-is between-blacks-and whites" attitudes prevailed. James William is friends with Leroy, a black child. While fishing together on a comfy-cozy summer afternoon, James William is unnerved by his fishing buddy's unwillingness to sit next to what seems to be an ordinary tree. "That's the hanging tree," Leroy confides, telling James William about the Ku Klux Klan and harsh, often untold realities faced by blacks. Convinced that race hatred does not exist in his hometown, James William's life takes a turn when he comes face to face with a Klan member in a place least expected. This engaging work accompanied by Cooper's thought-provoking illustrations can be used to spark healthy discussion regarding race relations. A springboard for understanding and healing, MISSISSIPPI MORNING is a must-have item for home, school, and families across cultures!