These Hands

These Hands

Book - 2010
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An African American man tells his grandson about a time when, despite all the wonderful things his hands could do, they could not touch bread at the Wonder Bread factory. Based on stories of bakery union workers; includes historical note.
"Joseph's grandpa could do almost anything with his hands. He could play the piano, throw a curveball, and tie a triple bowline knot in three seconds flat. But in the 1950s and 60s, he could not bake bread at the Wonder Bread factory. Factory bosses said white people would not want to eat bread touched by the hands of the African Americans who worked there. In this powerful intergenerational story, Joseph learns that people joined their hands together to fight discrimination so that one day, their hands--Joseph's hands--could do anything at all in this whole wide world." -- Publisher's description
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780547215662
Branch Call Number: jE MASON 2010
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Cooper, Floyd - Illustrator


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These hands can tie shoes, play the piano, and swing a bat but one they were not allowed to touch the bread at the Wonder Bread factory. Author's note provides more about the true events behind the story.

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Mar 13, 2016

Wonderful! A very gently told oral history that has lovely illustrations, well done repetitive text that doesn't get tiresome, and a lovely grandfather-grandson storyline.


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