The accomplished illustrator James E. Ransome renders the story in warm, realistic watercolors…It’s a message so crucial it almost can’t be delivered with too much sentiment, and the authors and illustrator of “Granddaddy’s Turn” spare none.
—The New York Times
This seemingly simple read-aloud to introduce young readers to the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act achieves complexity in its images.
A visually detailed tale of patience and delayed triumph that highlights an important aspect of history.
—School Library Journal
The plainspoken text offers a slice-of-life example of the injustices endured by African Americans during the mid-twentieth-century.
—The Horn Book
Bandy and Stein succinctly explore a close family bond, set against historical injustice. Ransome’s emotive watercolors strongly convey the grandfather’s dignity and Michael’s quiet pride as he reaches a milestone that was kept from his forebear.
This engaging picture book demonstrates how the legal right to vote was derailed for many African
Americans in the mid-twentieth century…Ransome’s beautiful, lifelike watercolors show important,
accurate period details, and the faces of onlookers telegraph the prevailing attitudes of the time.
…the story is straightforward and Ransome’s paintings offer literal support for the text…
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
The poignancy of the story is enhanced by the warm, earth tones of the watercolor illustrations, as readers experience the lives of the grandfather and the child.
Certain to spark a lively discussion on the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
—School library Connection