These Hands by Margaret H. Mason
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Joseph’s grandpa could do almost anything with his hands. He could play the piano, throw a curveball, and tie a triple bowline knot in three seconds flat. But in the 1950s and 60s, he could not bake bread at the Wonder Bread factory. Factory bosses said white people would not want to eat bread touched by the hands of the African Americans who worked there.

In this powerful intergenerational story, Joseph learns that people joined their hands together to fight discrimination so that one day, their hands—Joseph’s hands—could do anything at all in this whole wide world.


About Margaret H. Mason

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The illustrator of more than sixty children's books, Floyd Cooper is a past recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and a four-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family. Visit his website at Margaret H. Mason lives in Michigan. This is her first book with Houghton Mifflin.
Published March 7, 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With tenderness and pride, a grandfather shares the many skills of his hands with his grandson, who is a happy student.

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An African-American man addresses his grandson in Mason's (Inside All) gently told story, repeatedly bidding him to "Look at these hands, Joseph."

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