Sunday, April 3, 2011
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Another fabulous way to take a period in time and add a great storyline about three girls growing up to help children learn about the history of America.
Delphine (the oldest who's eleven-years-old), and her sisters younger sisters Vonetta and Fern begin their summer adventure when they board a plane destined to reach their mother in Brooklyn, New York. The girls were abandoned by their mother as infants and the plan was for them to get to know each other, but things didn't go as planned.
The girls learned so much more.....The Black Panther movement, devotion of sisters, and new ideas about motherhood. Delphine begins to understand why her mother is who she is and did what she did. Delphine begins to understand the complications of people. Delphine and her sisters see that their mother, with all of her shortcomings, has a place in their heart.
Rita Williams-Garcia blew me away with this story. No wonder she won so many awards (see link). Again, I can't think of a better way for children to learn about history than to read historical fiction like this. It brings history to life. Makes children want more.....I makes me say, "What happened next?" I immediately went in search of more information about The Black Panther Movement. There is so much more to learn this way.