“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Ruth and the Green Book. Written by Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Carolrhoda Books, c. 2010, 32pp.
Synopsis: Ruth is excited when her daddy comes home with a 1952 Buick, which they will use to travel from Chicago to her Grandma in Alabama. Ruth’s excitement about the trip fades as the family encounters hotels that turn them away because they are African-American. At a gas station near the Georgia border, Ruth’s daddy buys “The Negro Motorist Green Book” which lists places in many states where the family can sleep, eat, and shop and the family makes it to Alabama without any more problems.
Reading Level: 810L
Rationale for Use in the Classroom: This book includes US history around the time of the civil rights movement but is also a great book for examining basic story elements.
CCSS Connection: This book is ideal for describing characters, setting, and key events; specifically how setting impacts the characters in a story. Additionally, students could determine which parts of the book are factual and which parts have been added to create a fictional story.