Toni Morrison has collected a treasure chest of archival photographs that depict the historical events surrounding school desegregation. These unforgettable images serve as the inspiration for Ms. Morrison’s text—a fictional account of the dialogue and emotions of the children who lived during the era of “separate but equal” schooling. Remember is a unique pictorial and narrative journey that introduces children to a watershed period in American history and its relevance to us today.
About the Author
Toni Morrison is a master storyteller. Her groundbreaking novel Beloved won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in fiction. In 1993 she became the first black woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Ms. Morrison is a Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Remember is her first historical work for young people.
Hometown:Princeton, New Jersey, and Manhattan
Date of Birth:February 18, 1931
Date of Death:August 5, 2019
Place of Birth:Lorain, Ohio
Place of Death:New York
Education:Howard University, B.A. in English, 1953; Cornell, M.A., 1955
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After reading this book, there will be no question as to why it was awarded the Coretta Scott King Award. The book opens explaining why this book is about each and every one of us. As you begin the actual story of the book, you think it is going to be nothing more than a basic picture book. What you encounter is so much more. The storyline appears to be fairly weak, but you soon realize that the storyline is not what tells most of the story. The archival photos that were used express all of the power that words will never be able to. To see the faces of the actual children who had to deal with school integration is very sobering. At the end of the book, each picture is documented so that you know what year it was taken and what the situation was in the picture. This is a powerful book that students should be exposed to.I was completely overwhelmed by this book. I thought it would be a simple read, but was surprised at just how much of a book it was. There were parts of the book that made me tear up when I imagined just exactly what all of these children were going through. This will definitely be part of my library.I would use this book as a read aloud in my classroom. It could be used at any time of the year, but it would be good for Black History month. For my older students, they would all be assigned a picture from the book. They would then have to write a paper from the viewpoint of the people in the picture.
This was a very powerful picturebook that depicted the integration of schools. The pages are filled with black and white photographs of the events that actually occured. These photographs add emotion and an element of reality to the text.What an amazing book!
Morrison, T. (2004). Remember: The Journey to School Integration. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company.In Remember: The Journey to School Integration, the author tells the story of the students who were affected by the integration of schools during the 1950s. The author collected numerous archival photographs to depict the story and events being told. She created fictional characters for the story. These characters tell about their experiences and feelings during the integrations of the schools. This story encourages the behavior of acceptance among different races. It focuses on the need for equal schooling among all children regardless of race. When finished, the reader is left with a feeling of justice for African American students. This book is the winner of 2005 Coretta Scott King Award.This book can be used during Black History month to teach about school integration. In the library or classroom, the instructor could emphasize the injustice of segregation by separating students or patrons by characteristics like eye color, clothing color, or gender. In addition to reading this book, this activity can show students of today¿s time how unfair segregation was.
This book has very interesting pictures. The words were few. A 10-year old would like more words.