" As an elderly woman, Lillian recalls that her great-great-grandparents were sold as slaves in front of a courthouse where only rich white men were allowed to vote, then the long fight that led to her right--and determination--to cast her ballot since the Voting Rights Act gave every American the right to vote.
A much-needed picture book that will enlighten a new generation about battles won and a timely call to uphold these victories in the present. "Kirkus Reviews, "starred review
The illustrations are what truly distinguish this offering A powerful historical picture book. "School Library Journal, s"tarred review
Simple yet powerful, Lillian s narrative transforms a complex topic into an affecting story suitable for a younger audience, making it a perfect introduction to voting and civil rights. An important book that will give you goose bumps. "Booklist, "starred review
" Winter's prose has a lofty, oratorical quality...skillfully blending Lillian's individual path to the voting booth with the historical context that made it possible...A valuable introduction to and overview of the civil rights movement. " Publishers Weekly, starred review
"As Lillian, a 100-year-old African-American woman, makes a 'long haul up a steep hill' to her polling place, she sees more than trees and sky - she sees her family's history. She sees the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment and her great-grandparents voting for the first time. She sees her parents try to register to vote. And she sees herself marching in a protest from Selma to Montgomery." (publisher)
Reading Level - 5.6