BOOK REVIEWS

Which Side Are You On? Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-09 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings
ISBN:1941026583
LANGUAGE:English

"This book is about a family who is affected by the coal mining industry. The father wants to form a union and puts his family in risk. To protect themselves from flying bullets the family had to take cover under the bed. While taking cover the mom writes a song. This song in the end brings the union together.

Overall I enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend this book for older grades. The book did a good job incorporating the song into the story line. Throughout the whole book I asked myself how I would feel if I was the children or mom. I however thought the story came to an end abruptly.
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"This book tells about the process of a union song was written by a mother. The production process happened in a rain of bullets. This song was written in 1931 and has been sung by people fighting for their rights all over the world.
It is a good book for music class. The story inspire students' interest in the song.They would are curious about this song. Then, they can find the song at the dust jacket. Teacher can teach students how to sing this song and help them understand what this song means form the music score and lyric. What's more, It is also deserved children who are interested in society and worker right to read.
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"In celebration of the 80th anniversary of this song, George Ella Lyon writes how "Which Side Are You On?" came to be. In 1931, in the mountains of Kentucky, a family hid under a bed in a coal-company house, fearing for their lives while men paid by the mining company shoot at the house, aiming for the seven kids' daddy because he went on strike with the union. Florence, the kids' mother, writes a song in defense. Luckily, the family was unharmed and the song has been used by people fighting for their rights all over the world. I met George Ella Lyon once and heard her speak after she wrote Regular Rolling Noah. I love her work. This book's illustrations, though, were unappealing to me." said.

"Social justice comes in many different forms, and this picture book shows the results of greed in the hills of Kentucky. Set in 1931 when some of the local coal miners band together to create a union and strike for better working conditions for their members, the story centers on one family's experience during those times. After their father, a union organizer, flees the area to avoid repercussions. his family remains at home, forced to hide under the bed as company men shoot into the house. Ma grows tired of all the shooting and writes a song of protest that will later serve as a rallying cry for the miners and still later, for those seeking justice for their own causes. The cartoon artwork with thought and speech bubbles combines perfectly with the storyline to explain complicated issues. The Author's Note and bibliography provide additional background to the story, which is based on actual events and real men and women. " said.

"Which Side Are You On? provides a historical reference for children to learn about the harsh living conditions for families during the 1930's Union strike in Kentucky. In this story, a concerned mother, Ma, demonstrates extreme courage and individual strength to protect her family. By writing a song, Florence Reece's hopes to motivate the laborers to fight for their work rights as coal miners and protect their families. As a result, Florence's song was very inspirational to other during this time period, which moved the Union to pursue a strike. Lyon uses this historical figure to inspire people to make a difference in the lives of others. Readers are likely to admire the perseverance and courage of this one woman in our nation's history. Christopher Cardinale's illustrations are likely to attract a child's attention with his use of detailed graphics and comic-like images. " said.

" Such a great book to help introduce the meaning behind unions to students, as well as common union vocabulary. " said.

" Describing the creation of a song under the most harrowing of circumstances, this was a fascinating book, one that brings to light the issue of workers' rights and fair treatment in a different light. I was fascinated with this book. The fact that it's true is utterly mind-boggling. The sheet music is contained at the end of the book as well as an afterword explaining more about the battle to unionize work forces in mining operations. Well done. " said.

" This is not just the story of a song; it's also the story of coal mining and the importance of unions. Great historical introduction for children.If I read this to kids, I would play this recording of Florence Reece singing it afterward:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzudt... " said.

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