THE CANNING SEASON by Margaret Carlson

THE CANNING SEASON

Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This First Person story set in 1959 is based on the author’s true experiences. Peggy and Peggie are the best of friends; they share a name and many interests and have never given much thought to the fact that Peggie is black and Peggy is white. But when Peggy isn’t allowed to stay over at Peggie’s anymore because of her mother’s prejudice toward Peggie’s maturing brothers, race becomes an issue. Over her first cup of coffee, Peggie faces the sobering reality that her friendship with Peggy is over. The narrative is often tender and atmospheric, but labors to make comparisons or draw similarities between jars of beans and racism. The discussion points in a note to teachers and parents encourage communication, while an author’s note offers more context for the attitudes of the time. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: March 2nd, 1999
ISBN: 1-57505-260-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Carolrhoda
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1999




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