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We Wait For the Sun



by
Katie McCabe ,Dovey Johnson Roundtree
illustrated by
Raissa Figueroa

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Roaring Brook
ISBN
9781250229021
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A beautiful and uplifting non-fiction picture book from trailblazing civil rights lawyer and activist Dovey Johnson Roundtree.

In the hour before dawn, we slip out of the house, and the midsummer night is dark and cool.
As I follow the swish, swish of my grandmother’s skirts, I can smell the damp earth beneath my feet and feel the dewy air on my face.
Moving through the darkness toward the woods where blackberries grow, I’m certain my Grandma Rachel and I are the only ones awake in the whole world.


From civil rights trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree comes a stunning picture book about a precious early-morning moment between her and her grandmother—the woman who taught her everything she knew about self-worth, strength, and justice. With vivid, vibrant illustrations from Raissa Figueroa, We Wait for the Sun is a resonant, beautiful story told through one exquisite page turn after another.Author’s note. Extensive information about Dovey Roundtree and Rachel Graham, with photographs, offers further context for adults. Time line. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2021

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Dovey Mae Johnson Roundtree (1914–2018). Rachel Millis Bryant Graham (1872–1964). African Americans. Grandmothers and granddaughters. Nighttime excursions. Berry picking. Blackberries. Sunrises.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Dovey Johnson Roundtree (1914-2018) would grow up to be a civil rights warrior, but this picture-book biography focuses on a pivotal moment in her childhood. One pre-dawn summer morning in North Carolina, her grandmother takes her blackberry picking, joined quietly by other women from their community. Intimidated by the dark, Dovey gains courage from Grandma Rachel, who tells her she need not fear it. “If you wait a little, your eyes will learn to see, and you can find your way.” Awash in blues and purples then pinks, reds, and golds as the sun rises, Figueroa’s stunning illustrations, many of which depict a view from above the woodland scenes, illuminate the landscape, the diligent work of the women, and the lessons Dovey learns from her loving grandmother, which feed her tenacity and determination as an adult. Several pages of back matter, which include family photographs, detail the remarkable life of this unsung hero, who graduated from Spelman College, served in the Women’s Army Corps, earned a degree from Howard-University Law School, and fought diligently for civil rights throughout her long career of life. An author’s note by McCade explains that the book was “adapted from the final chapter of the autobiography Dovey and I wrote together.” Inspiring and exquisitely illustrated, this well-researched true story will spark conversations that prompt young readers to learn more about Roundtree. MICHELLE H. MARTIN

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Dovey Johnson Roundtree (1914-2018) would grow up to be a civil rights warrior, but this picture-book biography focuses on a pivotal moment in her childhood. One pre-dawn summer morning in North Carolina, her grandmother takes her blackberry picking, joined quietly by other women from their community. Intimidated by the dark, Dovey gains courage from Grandma Rachel, who tells her she need not fear it. “If you wait a little, your eyes will learn to see, and you can find your way.” Awash in blues and purples then pinks, reds, and golds as the sun rises, Figueroa’s stunning illustrations, many of which depict a view from above the woodland scenes, illuminate the landscape, the diligent work of the women, and the lessons Dovey learns from her loving grandmother, which feed her tenacity and determination as an adult. Several pages of back matter, which include family photographs, detail the remarkable life of this unsung hero, who graduated from Spelman College, served in the Women’s Army Corps, earned a degree from Howard-University Law School, and fought diligently for civil rights throughout her long career of life. An author’s note by McCade explains that the book was “adapted from the final chapter of the autobiography Dovey and I wrote together.” Inspiring and exquisitely illustrated, this well-researched true story will spark conversations that prompt young readers to learn more about Roundtree. MICHELLE H. MARTIN

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