Sister Anne's Hands

Sister Anne's Hands

Book - 1998
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Seven-year-old Anna has her first encounter with racism in the 1960s when an African American nun comes to teach at her parochial school.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c1998.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780803720398
Branch Call Number: JP Lorbi 3701 9
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations
Additional Contributors: Popp, Wendy


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Aug 22, 2012

Sister Anne is a new teacher in the local Catholic school, but unlike all the others, she is black. As we follow this story through the eyes of one of her students, we see how Sister Anne deals with the racism of the parents and children with a quite dignity.

Beautifully illustrated by Marybeth Lorbiecki, this is an intimate story of civil rights. There are no marches, no "important" people, just a young teacher trying to do her job with dignity in the face of society's prejudices and the young student who is inspired by here.

This would be a great read-a-loud for older children as there are some jumping off points for discussion of all the characters' motivations.

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