These Hands

Grandpa’s hands can tie shoes, play the piano and throw a curve ball, but they were not allowed to touch the bread dough at the Wonder Bread factory in the 1950s and early ’60s.  As Grandpa lyrically relates to Joseph the heritage of petitions, signs and joining hands and voices to change social injustice, history is relived.

Be sure to read Margaret H. Mason’s author’s note for more historical information about oral history and civil rights.  Linger over Floyd Cooper’s gorgeous illustrations and talk about what hands can accomplish together.  Use this discussion guide for more teaching ideas.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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