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It was February 1, 1960.They didn't need menus. Their order was simple.A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side.This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rightsIt was February 1, 1960.They didn't need menus. Their order was simple.A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side.This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement. Andrea Davis Pinkney uses poetic, powerful prose to tell the story of these four young men, who followed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words of peaceful protest and dared to sit at the "whites only" Woolworth's lunch counter. Brian Pinkney embraces a new artistic style, creating expressive paintings filled with emotion that mirror the hope, strength, and determination that fueled the dreams of not only these four young men, but also countless others....

Title : Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down
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ISBN : 9780316070164
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-01-26 16:54

    This history book is a wonderful collaboration by a wife (story) and husband (illustrator) team. It relates the famous occurrence of the four young African-American men, who in 1960 sat down at a Woolworth’s counter and tried to get served at a whites only segregated restaurant, and how their act inspired others to also get involved in the civil rights integration movement, and how they succeeded after a groundswell they helped create. This book was published 50 years after these events. So, I was highly aware that for the children who are the target audience of this book, 50 years ago seems like fairly distant history, and the college students who started this peaceful protest against the status quo of the time and place could seem old, not young. So, it’s impressive that the presentation here is so universally appealing.From the start, I loved the pictures. They might be my favorite of the picture book illustrations I’ve seen by Brian Pinkney. They’re wonderfully colorful, in an appealing style that helps convey this story, and they’re beautiful, and most importantly they manage to show a fluidity of movement and that is so apropos to the book’s subject matter.The writing style I vacillated between loving and feeling it didn’t quite work, but overall I thought it was brilliantly engaging and gave a sense of immediacy to these events that happened so long ago. Quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. about peaceful civil disobedience are sprinkled strategically throughout the book. At the end of the book, there is an (also illustrated) civil rights timeline of events that include the Greensboro sit-ins and pertinent things that happened before and after them, a photo of four of the key protestors at the lunch counter on the second day of the sit-ins, and an aptly named For Further Enjoyment page that includes other books and websites too. This book is a wonderful way to teach history and it also serves as a tribute to all those who participated in the civil rights movement, especially the sit-ins circa 1960. The author makes clear that both black and white members of the community were inspired to participate, and it thrillingly tells how they were able to peacefully persevere and eventually succeed in making needed changes.One of my city’s branch libraries re-opened after a long closure for renovation, and while I was there to check it out, I saw this book on the “new books” shelf and grabbed it; I’m glad that I did.4 ½ stars

  • PaulHankins
    2019-01-29 09:50

    Celebrate the first day of Black History Month with this picture book that revisits the four young men who sat steadfast at the counter of a Woolworth's sparking a longer, extended sit-in across southern states (the sit-in began February 1st, 1962). Andrea Davis Pinkney and her illustrator husband, Brian Pinkney, take us to the counter with striking illustrations and informative narration which includes a Civil Rights Timeline included at the end of the book.

  • Ms Threlkeld
    2019-02-16 13:36

    "Be loving enough to absorb evil." - MLK, Jr. This picture book tackles an important event in history in a way that is very accessible to young readers. The language is clear, despite some higher level vocabulary and potentially tricky concepts, and the illustrations elevate the text perfectly. The book also includes a brief timeline of the civil rights movement and resources for further learning.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-05 08:30

    “Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down” c)2010 By Andrea Davis Pinkney; Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. The author showed slides of this book at the Wisconsin Library Association Conference in October. I had to read the whole thing! What a beautiful and powerful book about important moments during the civil rights movement. We take so much for granted now but restaurants, schools, businesses, buses, parks, pools and even LIBRARIES in the southern United States were segregated. Thank goodness for the wisdom and courage of so many people who peacefully resisted these restrictions. As a result, President Kennedy asked the American people to consider a change in June of 1963. Then on July 2, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson made the Civil Rights Act of 1964 a law. This book teaches great lessons about peaceful protests and how much of a difference even the youngest among us can make.

  • Jodi
    2019-02-03 09:58

    I loved the lyrical writing of this book, and the food/recipe theme. "A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side." It tells the story of the Greensboro sit-ins, and how they sparked more sit-ins around the nation to peacefully protest segregation. I really love how the author put this story together. It's possibly my new favorite historical picture book!This was good to read after going through "Meet Martin Luther King, Jr." by James T. de Kay. We found so many topics to look up and discovered a wealth of picture books telling the stories. I think picture books can be the best type of book, for any age, to illustrate a time period, person, or event, especially if the words are woven well and the pictures are engaging. While the illustrations in this particular book are not exactly my style, the writing makes up for it and makes this a really beautiful, educational book.

  • Kris
    2019-01-25 08:31

    Based on the true story of four young, black men who dared to challenge convention by sitting at a lunch counter during the 1960s.This is a children's book and I enjoyed it as an edudio book.

  • Kristin
    2019-02-16 11:40

    I wasn't prepared for the metaphor of a recipe used by the author, but it worked. And I always love a book that includes more historical info. This one even has a timeline!

  • Coley Adkins
    2019-01-22 12:35

    Beautifully illustrated and written picture book Sit In by Andrea Pinkney has a mixture of poetry and captivating prose. She starts the book with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, “We hate with love”. It then tells the historic adventure of The Greensboro Four, David, Ezell, Joseph and Franklin. Pinkney uses the metaphor “At first they were treated like the hole in a doughnut - invisible”. She then builds upon this metaphor throughout the book. While on their brave journey, Pinkney also teaches vocabulary words such as INTEGRATION and uses the technique of repetition throughout to emphasize her important message. My favorite use of repetition is when she constantly underscores the importance of peaceful protest with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King. By the end of this book, The Four have made an important change in the world thus inspiring others like Rosa Parks. The metaphor she leaves us with is: “A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side, is not about food - it’s about pride.”This is a very important “WOW” book to me as it not only explains a truly important part of America’s history but does so in a rhythm of words that captivates her audience. When I read this, I instantly knew it would be perfect to start my Roll of Thunder unit. I always show video clips of the sit-in and The Greensboro Four along with videos of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Mountain-Top Speech” and I know this will just enhance the lesson. This part of history always evokes an emotional response from my students and propels them to research and search for more information. Mrs. Pinkney’s book is a key starting point for their learning about Civil Rights.

  • A_Cathi
    2019-02-16 12:39

    Greensboro, North Carolina - February 1960 was the beginning of a movement in civil rights by the unwavering patience of four gentlemen who just wanted a doughnut and coffee. What a wonderful way to present this difficult subject with my first grade class. The feeling of being treated like a second class citizen in this country known for its’ equal rights and freedom is what must have led David, Joseph, Franklin and Ezell to follow Dr. Martin Luther King’s wise words. Their decision to sit, and sit some more while waiting for justice and equality was the beginning of a peaceful protest against ignorance and injustice. These young students used their inner strength to fight a demon in their world, and they proved that good can overcome evil. Pickney’s illustrations flowed from page to page, much like the characters in the book changed from day to day and place to place. The coming together of many people was made more prevalent than the individual person, and the watercolors worked in just that way. The faces would not be made out as a specific individual – but anyone that sat down for equal respect and tolerance. I loved this book and the way the Pickney’s addressed a time in our country that makes me uneasy each time I read or learn more about it. The timeline at the end would be a perfect way to continue the discussion with the classroom when learning about the Civil Rights Movement. This timeline could most definitely go across grade levels.

  • kate and lexi
    2019-02-03 16:33

    This beautifully illustrated book details the famous sit-in at the Greensboro, NC Woolworth's counter in 1960. The prose is moving, speckled with quotes that inspired the protesters and good detail. As a picture book ought to be, it is both easily understood and deep enough for older readers. My kindergartner (who does have some exposure to the civil rights movement) grasped the storyline and was moved by the strength it took to stay still. The simple, powerful prose is well matched by the illustrations. Watercolor paintings with ink, they come across as modern yet classic, and moving. With a repetitive motif of cooking that might come across a bit strong to some adults, however, I wasn't distracted by it and consider it effective for young readers.Though graphic about their struggles, the story isn't scary or overwhelming to children. It would work well in any elementary grades, and even in some middle school classrooms. I'd commend it to any family who is building a personal library with any attention to covering American History or Civil Rights.Kate, age 5 "I like this book, it told about Dr. King and his dreams, and how these boys followed his dreams by sitting at the white skin lunch table. They sat and they sat for a long time. People were mean to them. Now people all sit together. That's why I like this book."

  • Sheena
    2019-01-21 11:58

    This book is a great informational read for elementary students. The author did an excellent job in relying the message in way for young readers to understand. In this story it shares details of how the students in Greensboro, North Carolina developed a sit-in based on Dr. King's words. Throughout the book it shares phrases from Dr. King that the students kept in mind to get the final result they wanted. I appreciate how the book shared facts but did so in a way that is understandable to young readers, with the use of metaphors and pictures. This book would be ideal for students grades 3 and up (maybe even 2nd). A teacher could use this book to teach about the civil rights movement and the use of metaphors. While reading the book the teacher could stop at certain parts of the book to remind students what a metaphor sounds like. Also in teaching about the civil rights movements, particularly the students in North Carolina, the teacher could use this book as a "hook" to get the students attention because this event happened in their own state. Overall, this book is a great quality children's book that teaches about important events in a way that they can understand.

  • Jessi
    2019-02-03 13:36

    I think this book is a pretty great way to introduce the concept of the civil rights issues of the 1960s to kids. The text is clear and easy to understand, and the ideas come across really well (as opposed to some children's books I've read on the same subject, which can be too wordy or confusing.) Another thing I liked about the book was the fact that important quotes or concepts are featured in bold, colorful print, along with the story: "We hate with love.""If black people and white people could break bread together, everyone would pass the test.""Practicing peace while others showed hatred was tougher than any school test.""We must meet violence with nonviolence.""We are all leaders.""A double dose of peace, with nonviolence on top. Hold the hate. Leave off the injustice."Perhaps if we read books like these to our children, we can avoid bringing up another generation of people who use anger and volume to express their opinions.

  • Sierra Jauregui
    2019-02-11 10:36

    This is the famous story of four college students that went into a diner, but were refused service. In the 1960's discrimination was very big and there were certain places that only served white people, the diner was on of those places. The students didn't know why they weren't allowed to be given service and were completely in shock when they realized that it was because of the color of their skin. When they were informed that it was because of their skin they decided to just sit in the diner to show that this wasn't fair. This "sit-in" is very popular because it shows that these people were going to take a stand for what they believed in. I think that students will like this story because it shows them that taking a stand, even if it is scary and out of their comfort zone, can show the world that taking a stand shows the world the right example.

  • Elissa Schaeffer
    2019-02-16 15:46

    Four friends sit down at the lunch counter at Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC, ready to place their order. But it's February 1, 1960, and they are black and the counter only serves whites. So they sat, order ready to place, ignored and refused, but never giving up. Inspired by the powerful words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., these four sparked a sit-in throughout the country and helped further the peaceful protests against segregation.It's not often that I feel truly moved by books the way this one moved me. It's not exaggerating to say that goosebumps and tear ducts were involved. Possibly what I appreciated the most was the power given to Martin Luther King's words in how they affected others and moved others to action. Action that took root and spread in the face of terrible mistreatment--such an amazing display of courage and strength of will.Highly recommended.

  • Brandi Smith
    2019-01-31 11:28

    This autobiographical picturebook is intended for ages 5-8 years(P). In it the author recounts the story of the 1960 sit-in at the Woolworth's lunch counter.I gave this book 4 stars. The author uses a series of metaphors to communicate the emotions at the lunch counter that afternoon. Then she carefully places actual quotes from Dr. King's speeches within the text to help explain the protesters motivation to keep peaceful. This book is appropriate for the targeted age group. There are a lot of metaphors, but they are easy to interpret.This would be a good read aloud book to have on hand when studying the civil rights movement.This book is available in print.

  • Laura
    2019-01-21 10:28

    A brightly illustrated and easy-to-understand book about the Civil Rights Movement. While the story begins by focusing on lunch counter sit-ins, it expands to explain Dr. King's message, the foundation of SNCC, and legislative changes. The book also uses an extended metaphor of cooking, which I didn't think was necessary. A recipe for integration is included at the end of the book along with an explicit explanation of why the sit-ins were so important for those who were finally served. A timeline, note from the author, and additional resources are also included, making this a great addition to school and public libraries.

  • Heidi
    2019-01-22 12:41

    Grades 3-8On February 1, 1960, four African American college students started the Greensboro Sit-Ins which led to non-violent protests across the country and integration of public places. This poetic telling of their story is musical and carefully spare, using the metaphor of food and recipes to show how non-violence can lead to change. The illustrations are gestural and springing with hope. The book includes a civil rights timeline, and a "Final Helping," a brief biography of the four students who started it all.

  • Leslie
    2019-02-11 15:52

    A perfect picture book to spark young readers' interest in learning more about the Civil Rights Movement. Rhythm and colorful illustrations make it work well as a read aloud and lots of facts, quotes and back matter to inspire further investigation.

  • Cara Byrne
    2019-02-15 09:57

    "Practicing peace with others showed hatred was tougher than any school test."A lively, moving, and smart picture book detailing the sit-ins that occurred in the 1960s as part of the Civil Rights movement. Highly recommend for 3rd & 4th grade readers.

  • Julie
    2019-01-24 16:36

    This book resonated with me.

  • Amanda Knowles
    2019-01-19 08:41

    Summary: This picture book tells about four male college students that engaged in a protest during the civil rights movement. These men chose to sit at the “whites only” section of a lunch counter. Their action lent itself to the movement and became an important moment; fueling the strength and hope of others.Review: This picture book contains beautifully vivid paintings that work to express the time period. The fluidity of the illustrations effortlessly display the important moments of the historic moment being described. This book is a positive way to expose students to the message and influence that one can have by standing up for what you believe is right.Other Book you might pair with/ connect to: This can be paired with If a Bus Could Talk: the Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold, which tells the tale of another influential figure during this time period. Rosa Parks did not allow herself to succumb to the unfair treatment and took action in an effort to make a change; which connects directly to this picture book.Delicious quote: “Now the students had the right recipe for integration. The steps were easy to follow: 1. Start with love. 2. Add conviction. 3. Season with hope. 4. Extra faith to flavor. 5. Mix black people with white people. 6. Let unity stand. 7. Fold in change. 8. Sprinkle with dignity. 9. Bake until golden. 10. Serve immediately. Make enough for all.”

  • Erin Buhr
    2019-02-10 15:28

    Sit In makes the Civil Rights Movement more relate-able for children, especially in the beginning, by focusing on the sit in of the four young black men on February 1, 1960 at Woolworth's counter. I had read about this and learned about it in my history classes in school, but this book brings that moment to life and gets you in the hearts and minds of these brave young men. I think why I didn't love the book is that rather than continuing to focus on this small event, the story then grows into a broader discussion of the Civil Rights Movement. This isn't a bad discussion and the entire story is well written, but as the story got bigger I felt like it lost some of the emotion and heart that drew me into it in the first place. I wish, for the sake of a young audience trying to grasp such a huge part of our history, that the story had stayed with a smaller focus. That however is just my opinion. All that being said, if you are looking for a good story about the Civil Rights Movement this definitely should be on your list. It is well written. I love the powerful quotes from Martin Luther King Jr shared seamlessly throughout the story. I love the illustrations.

  • Christine Irvin
    2019-02-03 15:51

    The picture book was published in 2010, 50 years after the incident that inspired it. On February 1, 1960, four black males sat at the "Whites Only" lunch counter in Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC. They sat their all day long, until the business closed for the day; they were not thrown out, but they were not served, either. The next day, more black students joined them. As word spread, this peaceful protest became the nexus for protests all around the country, culminating in the signing of, more than four years later, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.This picture book was written by well-known author Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by her equally-well-known husband, Brian. The expressive language and moving pictures tell a story about how Blacks in America were finally able to break through the "Whites Only" barriers.The end matter of the book contains a section called "A Final Helping," that gives more information about the Civil Rights era. There is also a list of books and website where readers can find more information about the subject.

  • Diane
    2019-02-12 10:31

    "Those kids had a recipe, too. A new brew called integration."It started with four young men at a Greensboro, North Carolina diner in 1960. All they wanted was a doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side. They waited patiently and silently, but were not served because the sign said WHITES ONLY. They stayed until closing time. But, undeterred, they returned the next day with more students joining them. Even when they were doused in ketchup or coffee, they did not respond, remembering Dr. King's words: "Demonstrate ... calm dignity." Soon, the sit-ins were spreading to other diners in other states. And students were creating the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to help organize their efforts. And with consistent pressure, things changed.Great word choice and figurative language, including the metaphor of recipes for integration and segregation, makes this a very enjoyable read with a great message about what a determined group of people can accomplish.

  • Jessica Sommers
    2019-01-27 10:37

    This book is about the WoolsWorth sit in. This book describes how four boys came into an all white restaurant wanting to be served. This did not go over well with the owner and he refused to serve them. A police man even came, but there was nothing he could do because they were simply just sitting there. The owner decided to close early that day. However, the next day even more students decided to join them. This spread fast trying to end segregations in restaurants. Eventually some were forced to in stay opened. This was a great book! I loved how easy it was to understand! That was my favorite aspect of this book, that young still can learn a lot from this book!This book would be great to use in a classroom to teach about how people used to be segregated, and how lucky we are now that people realized we all are equal.

  • Sunny Carito
    2019-02-16 15:38

    This non-fiction picture book tells the story of four black college students who began a wave of segregation protests ata Woolworth's lunch counter in 1960. It's an easy read-aloud for any age with a moderate attention span, full of vibrant, energetic pictures that bring the excitement and tension of the times to life. The story of their peaceful, determined actions and how they spread is told throughsimple descriptions, an engaging recipe analogy and bursts of quotes from Martin Luther Kingthat helped the protesters remain strong. While the story glosses quickly from their actions to the1964 Civil Rights Act, there is a great timeline in the back that details many of the steps inbetween.

  • A Allen
    2019-01-23 12:49

    I think this is a great book for my classroom and I can't wait to include it in my lesson plans for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I liked the way the story was told and I liked the illustrations. One of my only complaints is that the "Civil Rights Timeline" at the end of the book seems to imply that racial discrimination has ended which is sadly not true; I think there are many events to consider that have happened since July 1964.

  • Erin Puskas
    2019-01-16 12:38

    I am such a huge fan of this book. I feel like it explains sit-ins beautifully and with so much heart. This would be a perfect book to read students during Black History month, and I hope to do so someday in my own classroom. I loved the detail the author was able to include because of her research- it definitely adds a whole new level of understanding to the book. The illustrations are also wonderful.

  • Stephanie Watson
    2019-01-25 15:39

    This is a really, really well done picture book on the civil rights movement. Language is lyrical but easy for children to understand. A lot of civil rights picture books I've read either capture the feeling or tell the history- this one does both perfectly for the elementary age. I love that MLK's quotes are included in a way that beautifully advances the story without interrupting the flow of the language. Pictures are understated, but awesome.

  • Jessie
    2019-02-13 14:41

    Both the main text and the back matter provide good context for non-violent protest and how sit-ins and similar activism expanded from the Greensboro sit-in at Woolworth's. The donuts and coffee the students ordered are a theme throughout the book, with many things compared to eating, drinking, and baking.