Equality's call The story of voting rights in America

Deborah Diesen

Book - 2020

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

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Subjects
Genres
Informational works
Picture books
Published
New York : Beach Lane Books [2020]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Audience
Ages: 3 to 8.
Grades: K to grade 3.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781534439580
1534439587
Main Author
Deborah Diesen (author)
Other Authors
Magdalena Mora, 1991- (illustrator)
Review by 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.

Review by 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.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

This outspoken tribute to suffrage alternates between a contemporary school where voting rights is the topic at hand, and vignettes that portray the signing of the U.S. Constitution and then forward through the many struggles to make "consent of the governed" a reality for all. Every few pages, Diesen offers the drumbeat-like refrain that insists on the inexorable justice of "Equality's call" ("A right isn't right/ Till it's granted to all"), while Mora's chalky mixed-media images, which draw on the motifs of Latin American and WPA muralism, show an ever-growing procession of determined people—abolitionists and suffragettes, famous activists and ordinary citizens—who faced and fought obstacles to voting. Every vote today is a nod to this hard-won history, Diesen reminds readers: "Each time we vote,/ We acknowledge that past." A list of amendments and voting rights activists ends this volume. Ages 3–8. (Feb.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—This introduction to the history of voting rights in the United States includes a catchy and powerful refrain: "A right isn't right/Till it's granted to all." Charming mixed-media illustrations convey the slow but steady forward momentum of progress. Double-page spreads depict increasingly large crowds of people fighting for equal rights over the years. Back matter provides further understanding of amendments, legislation, and the many leaders who played essential roles in the long struggle to grant full and safe participation in our elections to people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and other marginalized groups. While the rhyming text makes the story suitable and very appealing for young readers, words like abolition, suffrage, franchise, and enslavement may require adult explanations. VERDICT A useful presentation of an important topic that will be a valuable curriculum resource and also encourage parent-child conversation.—Gloria Koster, formerly at West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

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

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A history of voting rights in America reveals how voting was once restricted to affluent white men, in a volume that shares inspiring portraits of important equal-rights activists from the past and in today’s world. By the best-selling author of The Pout-Pout Fish. 25,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Learn all about the history of voting rights in the United States—from our nation’s founding to the present day—in this powerful picture book from the New York Times bestselling author of The Pout-Pout Fish.A right isn’t righttill it’s granted to all…The founders of the United States declared that consent of the governed was a key part of their plan for the new nation. But for many years, only white men of means were allowed to vote. This unflinching and inspiring history of voting rights looks back at the activists who answered equality’s call, working tirelessly to secure the right for all to vote, and it also looks forward to the future and the work that still needs to be done.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Learn all about the history of voting rights in the United States'from our nation's founding to the present day'in this powerful picture book from the New York Times bestselling author of The Pout-Pout Fish.A right isn't righttill it's granted to all'The founders of the United States declared that consent of the governed was a key part of their plan for the new nation. But for many years, only white men of means were allowed to vote. This unflinching and inspiring history of voting rights looks back at the activists who answered equality's call, working tirelessly to secure the right for all to vote, and it also looks forward to the future and the work that still needs to be done.