Hester Bass and E.B. Lewis have once again collaborated to bring the world a beautiful book. Seeds of Freedom tells the true story of the peaceful integration of Huntsville, Alabama. Bass’ use of the present tense makes this emotional story resonate with readers. Lewis’ soft water color paintings create powerful impressions. Seeds is not the bitter pill that so many people familiar with stories of integration are accustomed to swallowing. It is a story without sides. It is a story that recognizes the wrongdoings of a society without pointing a finger and placing blame. It portrays peace instead of the sensational violence for which the integration of the South is so well known. Reading Seeds of Freedom will make you realize that there is a side of integration you haven’t heard. I am ashamed to say I did not know little Sonnie’s story. Although I knew about ‘sit‐ins,’ I never knew about ‘Blue Jean Sunday.’ Bass’ straightforward prose melds gently with Lewis’ art to create a book that should, and will be, known world‐wide.
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ISBN 0763669199 EAN 9780763669195 Target Group 6 to 9 years Publisher Candlewick Press (MA) Publish Date Jan 27, 2015 Copyright Date Jan 1, 2015 Binding Hardcover