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Sit In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Publication Date: February 3, 2010

Reviewed For: Grades 3 – 6

Journal Review / Summary

Grade 3–6—Through effectively chosen words, Andrea Pinkney brings understanding and meaning to what four black college students accomplished on February 1, 1960, by sitting down at a Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, NC. Her repeated phrase, “Their order was simple. A doughnut and coffee with cream on the side,” along with other food metaphors, effectively emphasizes the men’s determination to undo the injustices of segregation in a peaceful protest, which eventually led up to the 1966 Supreme Court ruling against racial discrimination. With swirling swabs of color that masterfully intertwine with sometimes thin, sometimes thick lines, Brian Pinkney cleverly centers the action and brings immediacy to the pages. Both the words and the art offer many opportunities for discussion. The book concludes with a civil rights time line and an update on the aftermath of the lunch-counter struggle. – SLJ

Illustration Medium:
The artwork was prepared on Arches 300lb rough paper with watercolors and India ink.

Execution in the artistic technique employed:

Appropriateness of style of illustration to story, theme, and concept:
Text emphasis is great.

Delineation/interpretation of a plot through illustration:
Spread of sit-ins well done, TV scene, bus.

Delineation/interpretation of a theme or concept through illustration:
Recipie idea is perfect; calm dignity as a theme is confusing because the illustration is so chaotic.

Delineation of characters through illustration:
Whites much less detailed and colorful.

Delineation of setting through illustration:
Lunch counter. Why a different color background on each page?

Delineation of mood through illustration:
Hopeful, peppy illustrations.

Delineation of information through illustration:
Very informational, but the illustrations rely on the text.

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