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Two Friends

Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass

Dean Robbins, Sean Qualls (Illustrator), Selina Alko (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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Some people had rights, while others had none.

Why shouldn't they have them, too?

Two friends, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans. The premise of this particular exchange between the two is based on a statue in their hometown of Rochester, New York, which shows the two friends having tea.

The text by award-winning writer Dean Robbins teaches about the fight for women's and African Americans' rights in an accessible, engaging manner for young children. Two Friends is beautifully illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls, the husband-and-wife team whose The Case for Loving received three starred reviews! Two Friends includes back matter with photos of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.

Praise For Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass

Praise for Two Friends :

"A visually appealing primer on these civil rights reformers." -- Publishers Weekly

"Robbins deftly moves between [Anthony's] objectives and words to those of Douglass.... Young readers can picture two people of action and resolve and hopefully be equally inspired." -- Kirkus Reviews

"In remarkably economic prose, Robbins reveals the similarities in their childhoods and demonstrates the enormous impact these friends had on history.… Bold colors lend an upbeat feel to the illustrations, while layers of paint and mixed media create subtle texture and depth." -- Booklist

Praise for The Case for Loving by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls:

* "Despite the gentle way this book unfolds, the language and images deal a blow to racist thinking and just might inspire the next generation of young civil rights activists." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Inspirational, never heavy-handed, and appropriate for just about everyone." -- Booklist, starred review

Praise for Dizzy by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Sean Qualls:

* "Qualls's acrylic, collage, and pencil illustrations swing across the large pages with unique, jazzy rhythms, varying type sizes and colors, and playful perspectives, perfectly complementing the text." -- School Library Journal, starred review

* "Qualls is able to translate the story (and the music) into shapes and colors that undulate and stream across the pages with a beat and bounce of their own." -- Booklist, starred review

Orchard Books, 9780545399968, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 2016

About the Author

Dean Robbins is an award-winning writer based in Madison, Wisconsin. He contributes arts, features, and news stories to publications around the country and reads his cultural commentaries on Wisconsin Public Radio. Dean was also a longtime newspaper editor and syndicated television critic. This is his first picture book. Visit him online at

Sean Qualls has illustrated many celebrated books for children, including The Case for Loving by Selina Alko, Giant Steps to Change the World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, Little Cloud and Lady Wind by Toni Morrison and her son Slade, Dizzy by Jonah Winter, and Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which Sean received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Selina Alko, and their two children.

Selina Alko is the author of The Case for Loving, which she illustrated with her husband, Sean Qualls. She is the author and illustrator of several other acclaimed books for children, including Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama and B Is for Brooklyn. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with Sean Qualls and their two children.