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Riding to Washington (Tales of Young Americans) [Hardcover]

By Gwenyth Swain & David Geister (Illustrator)
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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.25" Height: 11.25"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 2, 2008
Publisher   Sleeping Bear Press
Age  6-9
ISBN  1585363243  
EAN  9781585363247  

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Item Description...
A young white girl rides the bus with her father to the March on Washington in 1963 and hears Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. give his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Publishers Description
As the bus travels across cities and farm fields to its historic destination, Janie sees firsthand the injustices that many others are made to endure. She begins to realize that she's not so different from the other riders and that, as a young as she is, her actions can affect change.

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Gwenyth Swain currently resides in St. Paul, in the state of Minnesota. Gwenyth Swain was born in 1961.

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As one who rode a bus hundreds of miles to participate in the civil rights March on Washington, I find that children's author Gwenyth Swain captures the mood of the day as I remember it.

Swain takes us on the journey as seen through the eyes of a young girl not yet old enough to fully understand the purpose of the long journey from a small Midwestern town to the nation's capital.

Small incidents along the way remind us that we have moved a long way from the rigid constraints of racial segregation that held both races in communal bondage for much too long a time.
he book also shows how our children absorb the actions of their parents. The special events of our childhood affect the rest of our lives. If we expect our children to be an improvement on ourselves we must set the path for them.

Artist David Geister beautifully and accurately captures both the trials of the journey and the mood of times and especially the day. Young readers will benefit from this accurate portrayal of this young girl's journey in which she became a participant in a significant moment of change in the history of our country. It is a journey none of us should forget.
Come and 'walk the walk' with Janie . . .  Feb 12, 2008
Gwenyth Swain's new picture book "Riding to Washington" (isbn #1585363247) is for ages 4 - UP THROUGH ADULTS. It is a poignant and colorful nudge to my memory of that time - 45 years ago - when the author's father and my father and our local pastor went by bus from Indianapolis to be part of Martin Luther King's MARCH ON WASHINGTON.

Swain's story is one often categorized nowadays as "a slice of Life" - a 'slim' story some will say, but that makes the impact greater. Perceptive teachers can share this in a setting where discussion is encouraged. Upper primary students are often reluctant to select large-format books but do respond to the spoken word when the voice is expressive and entertaining.

Sometimes just one 'leading question' about Dr. King, or how CHANGE is brought about, will provoke discussions that leave permanent imprints. If a teacher can preserve a moment in history for today's students the 'ripple effect' may result in actions that are truly lasting memorials on Martin Luther King Day.

Congratulations to David Geister who has painted a beautiful and very convincing portrait of 1963. Thank you, Gwenyth Swain, for your compelling tale from those momentous times. Also helpful is a follow-up article in the April 2008 issue of "Cobblestone" magazine.

"Riding to Washington" is one more very attractive book from Michigan's Sleeping Bear Press, who publish another favorite, "Legend of the Petoskey Stone" (isbn # 1585362174). Reviewer mcHaiku suggests you take a thoughtful Ride to Washington, and then stretch your brain(s) by following the enticing links on the author's web page.

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