Equality's Call : The Story of Voting Rights in America
by Diesen, Deborah; Mora, Magdalena (ILT)






"A powerful look at the evolution of voting rights in the United States, from our nation's founding to the present day"-





Deborah Diesen is the author of many children&;s picture books, including the New York Times bestselling The Pout-Pout Fish and Equality&;s Call. She loves playing with words and rhymes and rhythms. She has worked as a bookseller, a bookkeeper, and a reference librarian. She and her family live in Michigan.

Magdalena Mora is a Minneapolis-based illustrator and graphic designer with a special interest in children&;s books and visual storytelling. When she isn&;t drawing, she spends her free time reading, people-gawking, and trying to find the best tacos in the Twin Cities. Equality&;s Call by Deborah Diesen is her first picture book.





This timely book will be popular among social studies and civics teachers eager to instill in youngsters the importance of voting. Told in a jaunty rhyme, the text opens with a teacher preparing to take her students on a journey through American history, with specific regard to the matter of enfranchisement. There's no sugarcoating the hypocrisy with which it all started: "This great founding ideal / Was extended to some / And for others not real." Readers learn how women and people of color have had to fight for the right to vote-a right originally reserved for white men with property. The illustrations are key to understanding this struggle as, page by page, the disenfranchised grow in number as they march, demanding their rights with the refrain, "But we heard growing clearer / Equality's call / A right isn't right / Till it's granted to all." Back matter includes an overview of relevant constitutional amendments and notable voting rights activists. Pair with Margaret McNamara's forthcoming Vote for Our Future! (2020). Grades 1-3. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





This timely book will be popular among social studies and civics teachers eager to instill in youngsters the importance of voting. Told in a jaunty rhyme, the text opens with a teacher preparing to take her students on a journey through American history, with specific regard to the matter of enfranchisement. There's no sugarcoating the hypocrisy with which it all started: "This great founding ideal / Was extended to some / And for others not real." Readers learn how women and people of color have had to fight for the right to vote-a right originally reserved for white men with property. The illustrations are key to understanding this struggle as, page by page, the disenfranchised grow in number as they march, demanding their rights with the refrain, "But we heard growing clearer / Equality's call / A right isn't right / Till it's granted to all." Back matter includes an overview of relevant constitutional amendments and notable voting rights activists. Pair with Margaret McNamara's forthcoming Vote for Our Future! (2020). Grades 1-3. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





A poetic narrative charts the history of voting rights in the United States from the founders to the present, emphasizing that "A right isn't right / Till it's granted to all." A black woman at a blackboard instructs a class (and readers) in an inclusive "we" as the voices of democracy swell to affirm the expansion of voting rights. Diesen (in a dramatic departure from her Pout-Pout Fish series) and Mora effectively employ the drama of the turning page as, on each spread when the refrain is resounded, the number of people marching grows from two black women and a black man to a host of the historically disenfranchised. The final refrain is a crescendo, complemented by a double-page spread depicting a crowded, diverse line of marchers. As they march from left to right into the page turn, readers are reminded that "The journey's not over / The work hasn't ended / Democracy's dream / Must be constantly tended." The pages act as a timeline, and several illustrations depict historical figures, including Sojourner Truth, Abraham Lincoln, and John Lewis. (A backmatter key helps identify the many activists represented.) As an introduction, the volume focuse s on the progress and not the obstacles, but caregivers can supplement the history, using the extensive backmatter addressed to them: information on related constitutional amendments and relevant legislation and a two-page list of voting rights activists. A solid work of visual storytelling. (Informational picture book. 5-9) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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