Ernest's Gift

Ernest's Gift

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A man's lifelong love of books and reading overcomes the hurt of a childhood humiliation in this touching true tale related by Alabama storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham on the occasion of the Selma Public Library's 100th anniversary. As a child in the 1930s, Ernest Dawson loved books but was denied use of the library in segregated Selma. He grew up and became a teacher, and after segregation had ended, he left money in his will toward a children's wing of the Selma library so that children of all races could read and more

Product details

  • 3-5
  • Hardback | 20 pages
  • 205.7 x 233.7 x 10.2mm | 249.48g
  • JuneBug Books
  • Montgomery, Albania
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1588381498
  • 9781588381491

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"This story is a wonderful revelation about the human spirit." --J.L. Chestnut, Jr., Attorney "A superb story!" --Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird "Ernest's Gift is a simple, yet powerful story of a young Southern boy whose love for books guided him through difficult times of rejection into a life of love and forgiveness." --Fannie Flagg "With its rich story line and expressive illustrations, [Ernest's Gift] shines the spotlight on a little-known hero who made a big difference for children whose lives were affected by his teaching and generosity. The book provides an important reminder of the daily instances of discrimination that African American children and adults experienced as a result of the South's Jim Crow laws, making the book a useful resource for lessons in black history and economics." --Rutgers University Project on Economics and Childrenshow more

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