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Book Review: Round & Round Together

Title: Round & Round Together: Taking a Merry-Go-Round Ride Into the Civil Rights Movement, by Amy Nathan. Paul Dry Books, 2011.

Description:  On August 28, 1963, segregation ended at Gwynn Oak amusement park in Maryland when eleven-month-old Sharon Langley, her dad beside her, became the first black child to ride the park's famous merry-go-round. As Amy Nathan tells the story of how Baltimore residents integrated a local amusement park, she also gives an overview of the history of segregation and the civil rights movement in America.

Round and RoundRound and Round Together brings issues of the day to life by featuring archival photos from newspapers and other sources, personal photos from the family albums of individuals interviewed for the book, and a timeline of major civil rights events.

Bottom Line:  While this book is written for children age 10 and up, its historical context and archival images make it an enlightening read for adults as well.

The narrative tells a story to which students of all races can relate. Learning about how a merry-go-round was transformed from a whites-only amusement in Maryland to a civil rights icon at the Smithsonian can open kids’ eyes to the struggle people of color faced in the 1950s and 60s.

About the Author:  Amy Nathan is the award-winning author of several books for young people including The Young Musician's Survival Guide, Count on Us: American Women in the Military, Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II, Meet the Musicians and Surviving Homework.

How to Purchase:  Round & Round Together retails for around $11 and is available though Amazon.


Article by Jason Cunningham, EducationWorld Social Media Editor
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