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The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore (Carolrhoda Picture Books) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-02-25 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:0761339434
LANGUAGE:English

" Currently reading to all my 4th and 5th grade classes and I must say it is FABULOUS. When Mr. Michaux goes to the bank for a business loan he's told that "Black people don't read." I make sure to read this passage super loudly and slowly. The kids are wrap and then erupt into exclamations of disgust and protest. It is fucking magical. Great way to get kids thinking about historical people and events like Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights movement.DON'T GET TOOK, READ A BOOK! " said.

" This book I would consider to be for older children rather than early childhood students. The illustrations were interesting and the story line tugged at your heart, but I feel like there were a lot of historical plot points that need addressed before a child can fully understand what is happening in the story. " said.

" What a neat way to tell Micheaux's story to children. The illustrations give it a 60s Harlem feel. Now I *must* read No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller, and soon! " said.

"A fantastic book about books, bookstores, and African American history. Text is wonderfully written and includes great lines from Micheaux himself like, "Don't get took! Read a book!" In addition to learning the history of the bookstore, our narrator also tells about how Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X visited the bookstore. I really liked the illustrations that went along with the story. The paintings were colorful and vivid, and it's easy to see why this book won awards. My three year old wasn't interested in this book yet - there are no princesses - but I think it is important to promote diverse stories. " said.

" This is an important American story. For further insights, check out Veereads, my blog - http://veereads.blogspot.com/2015/09/.... " said.

" More, more, more like this, please. Let's make black history everyone's history. " said.

" The Book Itch is a picture book version of No Crystal Stair and is the story of Lewis Micheaux, Harlem's most famous bookseller. " said.

" Superb illustrations by Gregory Christie. Se also No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller, a book on the same subject for older readers by the same author and illustrator. " said.

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