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      Check to see if this title is already in your library's catalog. If it is,
      put a hold on it and check it out. If not, fill out a patron request form right
      away. This can usually be done online at your library's website.

      Title: Sister Anne's Hands
      Author: Marybeth Lorbiecki, illustrated by K. Wendy Popp
      Publisher: Puffin
      Date Published: Nov. 2000
      ISBN: 0140565345
      Price: Paperback 4.50, Library Binding 15.30, Hardcove 16.99
      Comments: Lovely story sure to be checked out for years, and often


      From amazon.com:
      From Publishers Weekly
      An African American nun challenges the beliefs of her second-grade students
      in this thought-provoking picture book set in the 1960s. When Sister Anne joins
      the faculty at the local Catholic school, Anna overhears her father whisper,
      "I don't know how a woman of her color is going to survive," and Anna wonders
      what she'll be like. On the first day of class, Sister Anne demonstrates her
      fun and unusual approaches to counting and storytelling. But the good times are
      brought to a halt when a note about Sister Anne's skin color lands on her
      desk. The teacher tells the class that she needs "some quiet time to think about
      this," and next day she finds a way to educate the children about racism.
      Lorbiecki (Just One Flick of a Finger) brings ever-relevant social issues into
      sharp focus through Anna's heartfelt, intimate narration. While the '60s setting
      is evident in Popp's (Princess Florecita and the Iron Shoes) historically
      accurate, gauzy pastels, the text's subtle tone and universal message are
      far-reaching and accessible to contemporary readers. And the warm, softly lit
      portraits of students at rapt attention as they listen to the serene Sister Anne add
      to this book's considerable emotional appeal. Ages 4-8.
      Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

      From School Library Journal
      Grade 1-3-A gifted and unique African-American teacher is just a little too
      unique for some of the students and parents in a parochial school in the 1960s.
      Seven-year-old Anna doesn't understand why her parents are concerned about
      the problems Sister Anne's color might cause until a paper airplane sails
      through the classroom with a poem on its wings. The teacher reads the poem aloud:
      "Roses are red,/Violets are blue./Don't let Sister Anne/get any black on you."
      Embracing the moment, the woman teaches her students about her heritage.
      Although a few children are pulled out of the class by their parents, those who stay
      have an unforgettable year. Based on the author's experience, the story has
      honesty and integrity and the two main characters are well crafted. The velvety
      pastel illustrations have the soft focus and pale palette of a distant memory
      coupled with exquisite detail. Popp's realistic renderings capture the period
      and are a perfect complement to a thoughtful text. Though ideally suited to
      introductory units on civil rights, there are many groups and individuals ready
      to share this gentle reminder.
      Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA
      Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

      From Booklist
      Ages 5^-8. When Sister Anne comes to teach in a small-town parochial school
      in the 1960s, she brings fun and spirit to Anna Zabrocky's second-grade
      classroom, but Sister Anne is black ("Her skin was darker than any person's I'd ever
      known"), and her presence makes Anna confront racism, in her community and in
      herself. Sister Anne says that Anna's freckles show she has been kissed by
      angels, and the nun reaches out to touch Anna's cheek, but the white child dodges
      the brown hand "as if it were hot." Then someone sends a hate note to Sister
      Anne's classroom, and she teaches the children about segregation and
      persecution, about "Whites Only" barriers and the struggle for civil rights. Anna
      cannot forget how she moved away when Sister Anne's hand reached out to her, but
      the affecting pastel pictures show how she and the other children bond closely
      with their great teacher as they laugh, learn, write, paint, and garden through
      the school year. There is an idyllic quality to the story and the period
      pictures of the perfect nun and her classroom, but the hurt is there, too, and the
      message of tolerance grows out of the personal experience, which confronts
      the racism and gets beyond it. Hazel Rochman

      Card catalog description
      Seven-year-old Anna has her first encounter with racism in the 1960s when an
      African American nun comes to teach at her parochial school.

      Product Description:
      It's the early 1960s, and Anna has never seen a person with dark skin-until
      she meets Sister Anne. At first she is afraid of her new teacher, but she
      quickly discovers how wonderful Sister Anne is. Then one of Anna's classmates
      directs a racist remark toward Sister Anne. The teacher's wise way of turning the
      incident into a powerful learning experience has a profound impact on Anna.
      This moving, timeless tale is perfectly illustrated with luminous, glowing
      paintings.

      "With humor and understanding, Lorbiecki writes about a young girl's coming
      to terms with racial differences." -The Horn Book

      Awards:

      ( A Child Study Children's Book Committee Children's Book of the Year
      ( Winner of a 1999 Storytelling World Award


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