A Sweet Smell of Roses

A Sweet Smell of Roses


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There's a sweet, sweet smell in the air as two young girls sneak out of their house, down the street, and across town to where men and women are gathered, ready to march for freedom and justice. Inspired by countless children and young adults who took a stand, two Coretta Scott King honorees offer a heart-lifting glimpse of children's roles in the civil rights movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416953616
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 12/26/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 211,637
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last, Heaven, and Toning the Sweep. The First Part Last was also the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award. She is also the author of the novels Looking for Red and A Certain October. Her books for younger readers include the Coretta Scott King Honor Book When I Am Old with You, illustrated by David Soman; Wind Flyers and I Dream of Trains, both illustrated by Loren Long; and Lottie Paris Lives Here and its sequel Lottie Paris and the Best Place, both illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. Additional picture books include A Sweet Smell of Roses, Just Like Josh Gibson, The Day Ray Got Away, and All Different Now. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio. Visit her at AJohnsonAuthor.com.

Eric Velazquez, NSCA-CPT, is the cofounder and vice president of PrayFit and a veteran sports, health, and fitness writer.

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A Sweet Smell of Roses 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Pangle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Minnie and her sister sneak past their Mama's door, pass through the sweet smell of roses that fills the air after a nighttime rain, and walk downtown...there, everybody waits to march. As the young girls stand in a crowd of people who are marching, clapping and singing for freedom, they smell the sweet smell of roses. Minnie and her sister listen to Dr. King speak about peace and freedom and they join the songs of love and nonviolence. They then run home to find their Mama waiting with a worried face that soon turns to a smile after they wrap themselves in her arms. As they tell their Mama about the march, they smell that sweet smell of roses throughout the house. The black and white sketched illustrations are a powerful touch to this moving story. As you read the story and follow the young girls through the sketches, your eyes are drawn to a flash of red on every page: on a teddy bear's bow, the American flag, or the roses in the window that smell so sweet, the roses that smell like freedom.
JTNguyen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about two young girls sneaking out of their home to join the march for freedom and justice led by Dr. King. It gives an insight to the Civil Rights movement.
umsoechildlit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about two African American sisters who attend a civil rights march where they hear Martin Luther King Jr. speak and return home to tell their mother about the day's events. All of the illustrations in this picture story book are done in black and white with red accents. For example, on the cover, the American flag is accented in red. The pictures are very detailed and show emotion. They also work well with the text, at times adding more detail to the story. An interesting feature of the text is the bold quotes from the civil rights movement. This makes it stand out from the rest of the text. This story brings the civil rights movement to a more personal level for children by having a child narrator. It puts the reader in the shoes of a child during the sixties.
kimpiddington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The black and white pencil drawings in this book steal the scene!
meastwold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful historical fiction book. This book is set back during the civil rights movement. This wonderful story takes a unique twist to show the involvement of the youth at this time.
petajaye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Sweet Smell of Roses tells the story of two young girls who sneak out of their home to join the freedom marchers gathering downtown. The story and larger than life illustrations are meant to be a tribute to the boys and girls who participated in the quest for freedom and justice.
michelleraphael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Angela Johnson writes an easy book about the civil rights movement. But unlike most major civil right pieces, this story is told in the view of a young child. The story is brief but powerful.
PatriotFan More than 1 year ago
This book looks at Martin Luther King Jr., but from the perspective of the children. After reading and discussing the book, we did a play and song performance for the entire school (grades 3 - 5) The class enjoyed the book and the school community was moved by our performance. Wonderful story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing read - from start to finish - thought provoking, with powerful illustrations and simple, yet moving text - a must have for every library. The reader is left with many questions - why the mother doesn't join in the march, does she support the march, why the red on each page, intriguing read!