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JOHN LEWIS IN THE LEAD by Jim Haskins

JOHN LEWIS IN THE LEAD

A Story of the Civil Rights Movement

By Jim Haskins (Author) , Kathleen Benson (Author) , Benny Andrews (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 12

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 2006
ISBN: 1-58430-250-X
Publisher: Lee & Low

“John Lewis was born at a time when the winds of change were blowing.” The son of an Alabama sharecropper, Lewis was 15 when he heard Martin Luther King Jr. talking about the Montgomery bus boycott and realized “It was time to turn things upside down in order to set them right side up.” By the time he went to college in Nashville, Tenn., Lewis was committed to the Civil Rights movement and was soon to be involved in every major event. In 1986, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Georgia. The writing here is dramatic, matching well Andrews’s beautiful folk art–style illustrations, rendered in oils and fabric collage. The bibliography, however, consists only of two works by Lewis himself and an interview with him—no other works to root the subject in the larger historical perspective or to guide young readers to the growing number of fine works on the period. Still, this is an attractive portrait of a “living legend” and a good match with Delivering Justice (2006), also by Haskins and Andrews. (timeline) (Picture book. 7-12)