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by Jan Wahl

illustrated by Nicole E. Wong


School Library Journal:

Gr 1-4– Daniel, an African-American boy dressed as a cowboy, and his aunt are off to do some shopping, including a visit to his favorite place, the Candy Shop. He describes the urban neighborhood they pass through to get to the stores: “Men sit on porches. Some houses are boarded up. We walk faster. There are empty lots.” When they finally get to their destination, they find a crowd gathered and the Taiwanese owner, Miz Chu, in tears. Someone has written hateful words on the sidewalk in front of her shop. Daniel desperately wants to help and so he takes a bucket and brush and scrubs away those “dumb words.” Wong’s detailed, mixed-media illustrations capture the cityscape and the people who inhabit it. Wahl’s story shows the love and caring that bind good people together. Aunt Thelma tells the upset woman, “…don’t pay no never mind. There’s mean, nasty folk in the world, but most are fine as gold.” Like the characters in Eve Bunting’s Smoky Night (Harcourt, 1994) and Christopher Myers’s Wings (Scholastic, 2000), Daniel and his aunt help love triumph over hate. This picture book about tolerance will sit proudly on any library shelf.–Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME –Kathleen Whalin (Reviewed March 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 3, p186)


1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, Ages 0-8, Cultural Differences