Which Side Are You On?

Which Side Are You On?

The Story of a Song

By George Ella Lyon; Christopher Cardinale (Illustrator)

Cinco Puntos Press, Hardcover, 9781933693965, 36pp.

Publication Date: October 2011


Come all you good workers
Good news to you I'll tell
of how the good ol' union
has come in here to dwell.

About the Author
George Ella Lyon is the author of "Trucks Roll!" and "Planes Fly! "Now, "Boats Float!", cowritten with her son Benn, adds a new mode of transport to this travel series. Among George Ella's other books are the ALA Notable "All the Water in the World "and "What Forest Knows". A novelist and poet, she lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit her online at GeorgeEllaLyon.com.

Christopher Cardinale is a graphic novelist, muralist and community activist who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is a regular contributor to the zine World War Three.

Praise For Which Side Are You On?

"The story is a good and important one, and it is well told for an elementary-school audience...Cardinale’s folksy, woodcut-style paintings include several memorable images."—The New York Times

"What a perfect time for this picture book’s arrival...Which Side Are You On?" is an old song with new relevance for a generation facing a dubious future."
NY Journal of Books

"The story has real power and so do the best of the illustrations."—Booklist

"Which Side Are You On? is beautiful, lyrical, and important, subtly showing us the importance of music andeven betterhow anyone can make a difference, no matter their circumstances, as long as they put their heart and soul into it. A treasure."Silas House, author of Eli the Good

"It’s a high-stakes account of grace under pressure."Publisher's Weekly

"Cardinale's digitally colored scratchboard art is dynamic…Given that many of the same [labor] conditions exist today, only changed by mechanization, the music and lyrics included may well find use in the current generation. Lyon has given today's readers a stirring story."Kirkus Reviews

"Lyon and Cardinale make a perfect match for this picture-book homage to a 1931 rallying cry born under duress in Harlan County, Ky… Although this book describes a historical event, it can open a gateway to understanding terms such as "collective bargaining," what that right has meant, and to consider what it means today."Shelf Awareness