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|Reading Off the Charts: Big Spirit, Small Press, "My Grandmother Went to Jail"
written and illustrated by Miriam Medicine Prayer
By Lois Barton
Posted on Nov 8, 2003
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This is a story inspired by a peace walk which ended in acts of civil
disobedience. The 8 ˝ by 11 pages are presented horizontally. The words throughout are in handwritten script.
Each left-hand page carries a quote appropriate to the story from such
sources as an Islamic poetess of 670 a.d. to well known people including
Rachel Carson, Dorothy Day, Joanna Macy, Petra Kelly, Hannah Arendt.
The right-hand pages tell the story of the walk in language appropriate for children, and each page has a drawing illustrating the text on that page. Those drawings are full of delightful details that will capture the
attention of a child reader. The thought provoking quotes challenge the
mature reader with concise but pregnant ideas.
The final punch lines read as follows: "When I grow up I want to have
children. I will tell them about their Great Grandmother and how she went to jail for Peace."
This is a useful gift for an elementary age child with a colorful picture
book cover appropriate for coffe table display.
50 unnumbered pages. paperback, 2002.
To order call: 1-800-242-0363, ex 3608
Visit Lois Barton's writings at our Voices of Spencer Creek section and Arts and Letters section at West by Northwest.org,
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