Pezzo The Peddler And The Circus Elephant/Circus Caps For Sale – by Esphyr Slobodkina (1967, 2002)

One classic children’s book that I have always loved is the 1940 book “Caps For Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina. Many people, myself included, did not know that the author had written a sequel in 1967. She titled it: “Pezzo The Peddler And The Circus Elephant”. In 2002, the year the author died, the book was re-published and the title changed to “Circus Caps For Sale”.

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Ruth And The Green Book – by Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss, illustrator Floyd Cooper (2010)

Ruth and the green book

It’s the early 1950s, and young Ruth is excited. Her parents have just bought their first family car, and it’s a beauty! Now they can drive down to Alabama to visit relatives. Having grown up in Chicago, the family has been sheltered from the Jim Crow prejudice that is prevalent in the southern states. They are shocked when they are told they cannot use “white” bathrooms, eat in many restaurants, or rent a motel room.

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