Have a Dream, Too!
By Jean Alicia Elster; Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
Publisher: JUDSON PRESS
In this second volume of the Joe Joe in the City series, the serious-minded but likable Joe Joe faces his peers who ridicule him for dreaming of attending college one day. Joe Joe realizes that attaining this dream won`t be easy, either personally or financially. When searching for answers, Joe Joe discovers a book about Mary McLeod Bethune, an influential African American woman who overcame poverty and the lack of a formal education at an early age to become the founder of a college and a government worker for the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. In this lesson on tough choices, Joe Joe faces a decision that results in his own moral, spiritual, and emotional growth.
As a child I enjoyed researching about African-American History. One of my favorites was Mary McLeod Bethune. She amazed me with her dream of going to school and then sharing her knowledge with others.
This book introduces the reader and Joe Joe to Ms. McLeod Bethune. He learns how she didn't let poverty stop her from reaching her dream of a good education. She started her own school which was later turned into a college. She is a great inspiration to young children who don't believe education is important.
I enjoyed reading this book to my children and introducing them to one of my sheros. I look forward to reading more about Joe Joe's adventures.
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