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Mississippi Morning [Hardcover]

By Ruth Vander Zee (Author) & Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
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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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Item Specifications...

Studio: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.4" Width: 8.46" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2004
Publisher   Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Grade Level  Middle School  
Age  9-9
ISBN  0802852114  
ISBN13  9780802852113  

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More About Ruth Vander Zee & Floyd Cooper

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

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4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Issues > Prejudice & Racism > Fiction
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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!

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