When Grandmama Sings
Publication Date: January 2012
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"Belle, tonight was special. I could feel all of those folks with me. I want us to feel this way all the time. I want to sing in a place where black people and white people aren't kept apart," Grandmama said. "That's the kind of world I want for you."
When Grandmama Coles gets a big chance, Belle gets one, too. Belle's going to spend the summer touring the South with Grandmama and a swing jazz band! Belle's never been outside Pecan Flats, Mississippi, and she can't wait to go on the road with Grandmama, helping her read signs and menus and hearing her sing. There are so many new things to see on their travels through the Deep South. But some things aren't new. Everything is segregated, just like at home. But Grandmama stands up for what's right. And when she sings, Belle knows that Grandmama's song can bring everyone together.
From Margaree King Mitchell and James E. Ransome, the award-winning author and artist of Uncle Jed's Barbershop, comes this new picture-book collaboration about the gift of love, the beauty of music, and its power to bring people togethereven in the segregated South.
James E. Ransome's highly acclaimed illustrations for "Knock, Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me" won the 2014 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. His other award-winning titles include Coretta Scott King Honor Book "Uncle Jed's Barbershop" by Margaree King Mitchell; Deborah Hopkinson's "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt"; "Let My People Go", winner of the NAACP Image Award; and "Satchel Paige, " written by his wife, Lesa. Mr. Ransome teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in upstate New York with his family. Visit James at JamesRansome.com.