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1950s Nashville, Tennessee is segregated, and black people are persecuted, but young Tricia Ann is determined to venture on her own across town to someplace special. A must read book about persecution of minorities, but also about hope and light....

Title : Goin' Someplace Special
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ISBN : 9780689818851
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Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Goin' Someplace Special Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2019-04-08 04:20

    I'm pretty much in love with this book, all starry-eyed when I finished reading it, feeling all happy and alive whenever I think about it. This is the story of young 'Tricia growing up in the segregated South of the 1960s. One day, wearing a pretty new dress and feeling brave and joyful, 'Tricia asks her grandma if she can go to Someplace Special that day, all by herself. Grandma hesitates at first, but then holds on to the faith she has in her granddaughter and lets her go, reminding her to always keep her head up and remember that she is someone special. At first, 'Tricia is thrilled to be out by herself but soon the Jim Crow Laws rear up ugly and begin to divide her happiness. Some of her friends around town encourage 'Tricia to keep her smile and not to let those things get her down, but one injustice after another soon becomes too much for 'Tricia and she wonders if goin' Someplace Special is really worth it. We learn in the Author's Note at the end that this story is based on Patricia McKissack's own girlhood experiences. The Note is wonderful and really brought some aspects of segregation into a new light for me. For example, McKissack talks about how many families had long internal debates on when was the appropriate time to let their children experience the world beyond their own black communities. That is, when did they want to introduce their children to segregation? And, in 'Tricia's case, when to let them face it alone, with only the memory of their wisdom to guide them rather than their actual helping hand. In my own ignorance, I never thought about children in that time being shielded from segregation--I thought it was just part of everyday life that they always lived with. It adds a deeper poignancy to the issue to think that parents actually had to choose when to expose their children to something so ugly. However, ultimately, this story is one of personal strength, the importance of friendship (especially when one is facing troubles), and beauty in reaching something beloved, something that is bigger and more important than the ugly things standing in the way. I won't spoil the surprise but I don't think it is giving too much away to say that 'Tricia perseveres and that Someplace Special helped shape her into the person and writer she is today.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-03-29 01:30

    Patricia Polacco is another Patricia/Tricia who writes books based on/about events that took place during her childhood whose stories can make me cry.The title says it all: This is a special book.The illustrations are wonderful, my favorite of those I’ve seen by Jerry Pinkney. I particularly love the way ‘Tricia’s dress is so brightly colored compared to the rest of the pictures’ contents. The story is told in such an engaging way. It’s perfect for independent readers and reading aloud for one child or for a group. ‘Tricia’s journey to go someplace special, from her asking to go all the way until she arrives, and then further explanation in the non-fiction author’s note at the end, deeply moved me.I don’t usually think of libraries when I think of Jim Crow laws. I think of busses and water fountains and benches and movie theaters and restaurants and swimming pools, many of which ‘Tricia passes on her way to her special place. I’m gratified to find out that the Nashville public library board of directors was a bit more forward thinking than many others, although horrified to have it brought home that libraries were once part of the outrageous discrimination that went on. I do wish the book had continued and readers had been privy to see ‘Tricia in her special place. But, imagination works well for me too. This is a wonderful book!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-19 02:14

    Goin’ Someplace Special, by Patricia C. McKissack and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney brings a human face and human feelings to the effects of Jim Crow laws in the American South during the late 1950’s. We really feel Tricia Ann’s pain, embarrassment and frustration as her short journey to ‘someplace special” causes her multiple confrontations with Jim Crow laws. I was so glad that Tricia Ann’s “someplace special” was the library. I wanted to send a thank you note to the Nashville Public Library Board of Directors to thank them for their predecessors’ wisdom in the late 1950’s to have allowed the library to be integrated when so much of the rest of society in the south was fiercely segregated.

  • (NS) Dana
    2019-03-26 02:28

    Taking place during the 1950’s in a southern town, Tricia Ann, a young African American girl, thinks that the most special place in the world is the library. Tricia has a love for the library because it’s a special place that she is welcome in, no matter what color her skin is. However, Tricia is not able to go to her special place at the beginning of the story until she is able to convince her grandmother that she is mature enough and truly ready to go off on her own. Through Tricia’s journey to the library she is confronted with many social injustices that took place during this time. While traveling on the bus, she is forced to sit in her appropriate colored section, and when wanting to rest from her journey is finds that she can not sit on the whites only bench. Tricia because very frustrated with her challenges and wants to give up. However, in a church garden she meets an older woman who reminds Tricia that she is a person and deserves her freedom. Tricia realized that the woman is correct when she finally reaches the Public Library, where all are welcome! This moving story plants a very clear picture of how a young child would feel during this time period. The experiences that this young girl went through represent major historical events in a non preaching way. Not only does this book represent the challenges that colored people faced when wanting to be free, but it shows how many children feel that they are ready to be independent and have to face new situations. This is a fantastic story to read to children to discuss how important it is to never give up and fight for what you believe in. I was extremely touched when Tricia found the Public Library. It really made me stop and think about the word public and what that represents to a community.

  • Ariel Tyler
    2019-04-22 05:38

    Goin Someplace Special is a work of realistic fiction based upon the author's experiences growing up in the segregated South. In the story, young Tricia wants to be allowed to go out to her "someplace special." Her grandmother reluctantly agrees. During her trek to her "someplace special," Tricia encounters racism at every turn. Some racism is direct (when she is shamed for ending up at a white-only event) and some racism is systemic (only sitting in the colored section, etc.) This effects Tricia notably until she is at the point where she wonders why she tried at all. Finally she reaches her destination, the public library, where it says that all are welcome.I like this book for grades 2-5. It's a great book to use to teach about racism and other problems of equality, as well as talk about the history of the U.S. I think this picture book has some of my favorite illustrations. They are very beautiful, detailed and unique. I also thought it was important that not all of the white people in the book were positioned as mean and racist. Having one white lady who gave Tricia encouragement was a nice balance. I also like the ending message: that through books and learning there is some escape. Whether it is temporary, in the form of reading, or more long lasting through educating yourself. Additionally, it's great to show children enjoying to read in children's book and that that child is Black.

  • (NS) Becca
    2019-04-16 23:15

    This book captures a day in the life of a young african american girl, Tricia Ann, who encounters racism daily in her life. She is beginning to feel the frustrations of the world's prejudice around her and persists in trying to not let it ruin her day. All she wants is to "go someplace special" but instead laws and signs tell her she is not worthy of "someplace special"to meet a celebrity and finds herself outcast from the even instead. Finally, at the end of the story Tricia Ann finds her "someplace special" the public library, where all are welcome. A wonderful message to send to the readers.I particularly enjoyed the mixed media drawings included in this book. The illustrator really did a nice job of making the books have a older look about them to match the historical fiction genre by painting on newspaper. This book does a nice job introducing the feelings of a young girl going through a very real time in history. It's nice because there is not quite a happy ending, but there is hope. As children read this book they can learn how to treat others and take a lesson from the past by looking at racism from the perspective of someone who was direclty hurt by it.

  • Agata
    2019-03-29 05:28

    Loved this picture book! Goin' Someplace Special tells the story of 'Tricia Ann and is set in the south during the 1950s. McKissack did a wonderful job of setting the story, including historical facts, and Pinkney's illustrations were fantastic in helping to set the story. The big mystery is figuring out where "Someplace Special" is, and it so much better than I could have imagined. Very symbolic location! This will be a great picture book for teaching historical fiction writing.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-23 03:15

    I do like books where the author tells a personal story! Plus Tricia Ann's turquoise and yellow dress is slightly brighter than everything else on the page, making us realize that all those Jim Crow laws along the way are not as important as her special destination and they aren't going to bring her down.

  • 529_allie
    2019-04-21 01:12

    Everyone has a place that makes them feel safe and welcome, and Tricia Ann wants to go to her special place alone for the very first time. First she must convince her grandmother that she is old enough to travel to this place alone. She starts her journey and reflects on how unfair the Jim Crow laws are. When she accidently follows a group of people into a hotel, and promptly gets kicked out Tricia Ann almost turns around. However with the guidance of an elderly woman, she remembers that nobody can keep her down. Tricia Ann stops at several places, and talks to friends along the way. The reader is made to believe that each of these places might be her special place. When she finally makes it to her someplace special,the public library, we see that it is because there everyone is treated the same.This wonderful story set in the 1950s shows the struggle of a young girl to overcome the unfairness of the Jim Crow laws. I love how the author makes you believe that each place she arrives is her special place. Through the illustrations we can see that in each of these places there is a sign segregating people. It is not until Tricia Ann arrives at the public library that we see why this is her most special place. The beautiful illustrations are highlighted by using muted colors with the exception of Tricia Ann, providing symbolism for what the library represented to this young girl.

  • Mary Hoch
    2019-04-16 21:19

    This is the story of 'Tricia Ann's quest to visit a place that she and her grandmother refer to as Someplace Special. On her journey, which this time she is taking alone, she experiences the unfairness of segretation, which almost makes her turn back home. But, along the way, she encounters friends that remind her that she is somebody, which gives her the strength to keep going.This book is loaded with rich illustrations that help place the reader in 'Tricia Ann's world. It is appropriate for grades 2 through 5, and could be used to address issues of segregation at a primary level.

  • Laurie
    2019-04-14 03:10

    Parents need to know that this book speaks clearly to kids about the pride of growing up, the fear and sadness of facing prejudice, and the comfort of finding safe, special places in this world, like libraries.Positive messagesGrandmother teaches her granddaughter that she is "somebody" no matter how unfairly other people treat her. Another older woman helps her in the garden when she is feeling overwhelmed by discrimination. When she reads signs that tell her to sit in back, or not to sit at all, older people tell her that those signs can tell her where to sit but not what to think.Violence & scarinessNot applicableLanguageNot applicableThis is from commonsensemedia.orgBooklist starred August 2001 (Vol. 97, No. 22)Ages 5-8. Tricia Ann excitedly gets her grandmother's permission to go out by herself to "Someplace Special"--a place far enough away to take the bus and to have to walk a bit. But this isn't just any trip. Tricia's trip takes place in the segregated South of the 1950s. That means Tricia faces sitting at the back of the bus, not being allowed to sit on a whites-only park bench, and being escorted out of a hotel lobby. She almost gives up, but a local woman who some say is "addled,"but whom Tricia Ann knows to be gentle and wise, shows her how to listen to the voice inside herself that allows her to go on. She arrives at her special destination--the public library, whose sign reads "All Are Welcome."Pinkney's watercolor paintings are lush and sprawling as they evoke southern city streets and sidewalks as well as Tricia Ann's inner glow. In an author's note, McKissack lays out the autobiographical roots of the story and what she faced as a child growing up in Nashville. This book carries a strong message of pride and self-confidence as well as a pointed history lesson. It is also a beautiful tribute to the libraries that were ahead of their time.Horn Book Guide starred Spring, 2002This is the story of a child facing a difficult time sustained by the support of the adults in her life. Going alone for the first time, 'Tricia Ann is off to Someplace Special--the public library where "All Are Welcome." The journey isn't easy: she must face the indignities of life in the Jim Crow South. The text and art strike just the right balance: informative without being preachy; hopeful without being sentimental.Horn Book Magazine November/December, 2001Young 'Tricia Ann is off to Someplace Special-and about to "burst with excitement" because her grandmother is letting her go there alone for the very first time. The journey is not an easy one: she must face the indignities of life in the Jim Crow South. She has to sit behind the sign on the bus that says "COLORED SECTION." She is not allowed to sit in the park by the Peace Fountain her stonemason grandfather helped build. She visits her friend the doorman at the elegant Southland Hotel and is asked to leave. "What makes you think you can come inside? No colored people are allowed!" the manager says. Despite these humiliations, 'Tricia Ann is strengthened at every turn by people who care about her and who bolster her with reminders to "Carry yo'self proud" and "Don't let those signs steal yo' happiness." Soon she reaches her beloved Someplace Special-the public library. The words carved in stone proclaim: "Public Library: All Are Welcome." Jerry Pinkney's illustrations place 'Tricia Ann at the center of each page, willing to face the challenges the outside world throws at her. Whether 'Tricia Ann is in her grandmother's kitchen (surrounded by bountiful fresh fruits and vegetables and the love they symbolize) or fearfully looking over her shoulder on the bus, Pinkney makes it clear that she will triumph. Though this story takes place in an unnamed Southern city, the helpful author's note states that McKissack was raised in Nashville, where, unlike many other Southern cities of the 1950s, the public libraries welcomed African Americans. The library pictured on the final pages, bathed in hopeful lemon sunshine, is the downtown library of 1950s Nashville. There are many books about a child's first trip alone, and many books about racism and the struggle for civil rights, but this book is about more than either: it is the story of a child facing a difficult time sustained by the support of the adults in her life. McKissack and Pinkney strike just the right balance in a picture book for young readers and listeners: informative without being preachy; hopeful without being sentimental.Kirkus Reviews September 15, 2001In a story that will endear itself to children's librarians and, for that matter, all library lovers, 'Tricia Ann begs her grandmother to be allowed to go alone to Someplace Special. Mama Frances acquiesces, sending her off with instructions: " 'And no matter what, hold yo' head up and act like you b'long to somebody.' " 'Tricia Ann's special place is not revealed until the end, but on the way there, the humiliating racism she encounters on the city bus, in the park, and in a downtown hotel almost causes her to give up. " 'Getting to Someplace Special isn't worth it,' she sobbed." When she recalls her grandmother's words: " 'You are somebody, a human being-no better, no worse than anybody else in this world,' " she regains the determination to continue her journey, in spite of blatant segregation and harsh Jim Crow laws. " Public Library: All Are Welcome" reads the sign above the front door of Someplace Special; Mama Frances calls it "a doorway to freedom." Every plot element contributes to the theme, leaving McKissack's autobiographical work open to charges of didacticism. But no one can argue with its main themes: segregation is bad, learning and libraries are good. Pinkney's trademark watercolors teem with realistically drawn people, lush city scenes, and a spunky main character whose turquoise dress, enlivened with yellow flowers and trim, jumps out of every picture. A lengthy author's endnote fills in the background for adults on McKissack's childhood experiences with the Nashville Public Library. This library quietly integrated all of its facilities in the late 1950s, and provided her with the story's inspiration. A natural for group sharing; leave plenty of time for the questions and discussion that are sure to follow. "(Picture book. 5-9)"Library Talk March/April 2002Pinkney's characteristic, pastel watercolors place this story long ago. 'Tricia Ann is excited about the prospect of going someplace special without her grandmother, until she loses her way in a throng of folks who push her into a hotel lobby where "colored people" aren't allowed. References to seats at the back of the bus and a "Jim Crow sign" indicating the "colored section," as well as a bench labeled "for whites only," will require explanation for children. The special place named in the title is the public library, where "all are welcome." (The drawings of stone blocks and columns on the endpapers suggest Andrew Carnegie's libraries.) McKissack concludes her story with information about her childhood in Nashville, Tennessee, and the importance of the love, respect, and pride that fortified her and enabled her, as they do 'Tricia Ann, to face racial bigotry and discrimination. This book would be useful for discussions of daily life and instances of injustice in the 1950s, civil rights, and the importance of free access to information and recreational reading. As such, it would be a wonderful addition to library and school collections. Recommended. Ann Bryan Nelson, Director of Christian Education, Presbyterian Church and Center for Children, Marshall, MichiganPublishers Weekly August 6, 2001McKissack draws from her childhood in Nashville for this instructive picture book. "I don't know if I'm ready to turn you loose in the world," Mama Frances tells her granddaughter when she asks if she can go by herself to "Someplace Special" (the destination remains unidentified until the end of the story). 'Tricia Ann does obtain permission, and begins a bittersweet journey downtown, her pride battered by the indignities of Jim Crow laws. She's ejected from a hotel lobby and snubbed as she walks by a movie theater ("Colored people can't come in the front door," she hears a girl explaining to her brother. "They got to go 'round back and sit up in the Buzzard's Roost"). She almost gives up, but, buoyed by the encouragement of adult acquaintances ("Carry yo'self proud," one of her grandmother's friends tells her from the Colored section on the bus), she finally arrives at Someplace Special a place Mama Frances calls "a doorway to freedom" the public library. An afterword explains McKissack's connection to the tale, and by putting such a personal face on segregation she makes its injustices painfully real for her audience. Pinkney's (previously paired with McKissack for Mirandy and Brother Wind) luminescent watercolors evoke the '50s, from fashions to finned cars, and he captures every ounce of 'Tricia Ann's eagerness, humiliation and quiet triumph at the end. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.School Library Journal September 1, 2001Gr 3-5-'Tricia Ann's first solo trip out of her neighborhood reveals the segregation of 1950s' Nashville and the pride a young African-American girl takes in her heritage and her sense of self-worth. In an eye-opening journey, McKissack takes the child through an experience based upon her own personal history and the multiple indignities of the period. She experiences a city bus ride and segregated parks, restaurants, hotels, and theaters and travels toward "Someplace Special." In the end, readers see that 'Tricia Ann's destination is the integrated public library, a haven for all in a historical era of courage and change. Dialogue illustrates her confidence and intelligence as she bravely searches for truth in a city of Jim Crow signs. Pinkney re-creates the city in detailed pencil-and-watercolor art angled over full-page spreads, highlighting the young girl with vibrant color in each illustration. A thought-provoking story for group sharing and independent readers.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

  • Jessica Blonder
    2019-04-15 04:09

    Goin’ Someplace SpecialBy Patricia C. Mckissack and Jerry PinkneyCoretta Scott King AwardGrades: 1-4Summary: ‘Tricia Ann begs her grandmother to let her go to Someplace Special by herself for the first time. She is finally allowed to take the bus to the heart of town but on the way she faces various Jim Crow laws. Eventually, she finds herself holding back tears in an abandoned garden when her grandmother’s friend reminds her that the journey to Someplace Special is always long and hard. ‘Tricia Ann finally makes it to Someplace Special, the Library, where all are welcome.Review: I really liked the ending, when it revealed that a library is a special place where all are welcomed. That sentence and encourage struggling readers. However, the reading is lengthy which is why I don't recommend it for kindergarteners. The emotions of the characters can get high as well so If you are reading to a younger crowd, you should discuss how ‘Tricia Ann might be feeling.Activities in the classroom:Ask the students what and their special place is and why. They can either write about it in their journals or draw it.Mini-lesson on Rosa ParksSorting Jim Crow laws or fake Laws

  • Leah Johns
    2019-03-30 02:28

    Goin' Someplace Special was written by Patricia C. McKissack and Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. In Goin' Someplace Special we find Tricia Ann going to someplace special by herself for the first time. Being a young African American female in the time of Jim Crow laws, she encounters much adversity and obstacles in getting to someplace special. While reading about her journey there and the prejudice and harassment she faced, I put myself in her shoes and it made me very sorrowful. I will not spoil what her "someplace special" is for you. However, when Tricia Ann gets to "someplace special" you will fully understand why I love this book so much! Not only is this book well-written, the illustrations are impeccable! Goin' Someplace Special received the Coretta Scott King award for Illustrator in 2002. I recommend using this book when discussing how differences make the world a better place and we should value each others cultures and differences instead of using them to divide. This story is a 20-minute read and would be best suited for 1st grade students and older. I am so glad I picked up this book!

  • LeeAnn Owens
    2019-04-03 22:35

    Summary: 'Tricia Ann is a young African American girl growing up in the midst of the civil rights era. She is determined to make her trip to Someplace Special on her own for the first time. After a few bumps in the road and intimidating situations, 'Tricia Ann finally makes it to Someplace Special, the public library where all are welcome. Evaluation: I thought this book was amazing. It gave a friendly version of what African Americans faced on a daily basis during times of segregation (without the violence). The story still made me feel upset that times were like that just over 50 years ago, and I think it is very appropriate for elementary-aged children. I also loved that the place she wanted to go to so badly was the library!Teaching Point: I would use this in a social studies class to talk about civil rights and the hardships they went through, and are still going through in some places. I would provide this as a research opportunity to allow students to gather more first-hand accounts of segregated areas. Key figures would include Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Lindsey Dinges
    2019-04-18 02:25

    Goin' Somewhere Special, a Coretta Scott King award winner, is a historical fiction children's picture book by Patricia C. McKissack. It is set in the 1950's when segregation was in its prime. Tricia Ann, the books protagonist, asks her grandmother if she can go "somewhere special." As she goes on her journey she gets more and more unexcited and discouraged about the trip due to the trials of segregation. She is made to sit on the back of the bus, unable to sit on a bench by her favorite fountain, and forced to leave a building that was only for white people. Once she gets to her special place, the public library, where everyone is welcome she is happy once again. This true life story brings light to the troubles that African Americans faced in the 1950's. Couple this great literature with the amazing illustrations of Jerry Pinkney and it is a must read!

  • Kristine
    2019-04-11 01:38

    This is a beautifully illustrated story about a young girl that is looking to find a place she can go where all are allowed, no matter your race. She encounters a series of obstacles along the way, but is able to brave the waters in order to make her way to the one place she will not be made to feel ashamed of something she can not help.This would be a great story to incorporate in a classroom when discussing segregation, and how it effected those during that ignorant time in American history.

  • Becky
    2019-04-19 01:33

    First sentence: 'Tricia Ann was about to burst with excitement.Premise/plot: Goin' Someplace Special is based on the author's childhood. It is set in Nashville in the 1950s. For younger readers unfamiliar with the way things were before (and during) the Civil Rights movement, this is a lovely introduction. The heroine, Tricia, is going by herself to "someplace special." To get to someplace special, she'll face some obstacles, these obstacles mainly exist because of the color of her skin. But the trip will be worth it. The destination? The public library. Someplace special indeed. An author's note points out that the public library was one of the few places in town that was integrated.My thoughts: What a lovely book! I remember loving this one when I was in library school which was years before I had a blog to keep track of what I read. I have been wanting to reread it for years, but, I couldn't think of the author or the title. I stumbled across this one recently, and, I'll never let myself forget it again!!! Text: 5 out of 5Illustrations: 5 out of 5Total: 10 out of 10

  • Diane
    2019-04-05 21:12

    "Those signs can tell us where to sit, but they can't tell us what to think."'Tricia Ann is going to her Someplace Special without her Mama Frances for the first time. But everywhere during her trip, she keeps encountering Jim Crow signs and unaccepting people. She almost turns around and goes home until a gentle, elderly woman reminds 'Tricia Ann that her Mama Frances is with her in spirit, if not in body.The author's note tells the reader that this is Patricia McKissack's story.

  • Tessa Duncan
    2019-04-24 22:15

    Tricia Ann lives in segregated Nashville, TN but wants to go to the "Special Place". She's allowed to go by herself, but faces many difficulties along the way. She's not allowed to sit at the front of the bus and must limit herself to only using colored facilities. She gets discouraged and wants to go home until a white woman, Blooming Mary, encourages her to keep going. Eventually Tricia Ann makes it to her special place, the public library.

  • Marly Uncapher
    2019-04-23 21:16

    Goin' Someplace Special demonstrates the struggle of a young black girl during the Jim Crow Era. This book could be used to teach students about the struggles of African Americans during this period. It could also be used to show students to have confidence in themselves even in the face of adversity.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-17 22:14

    Loved this. Spoiler: The someplace special is the library. Beautiful and uplifting about racism and safe places.

  • Katelyn
    2019-04-15 03:09

    Absolutely perfect.

  • Nicholas Orr
    2019-04-18 03:09

    Great book to teach children to never give up. There will be times when you feel you should not keep going. If you want something bad enough, keep on until you get it. It will be worth it.

  • Rose Mary Turner
    2019-04-23 01:36

    Really cute book with a very inspiring message

  • Clare
    2019-04-14 01:28

    Wow! Ever read a book at the just right time? EVERY librarian should read this book!

  • Alexia Powell
    2019-04-23 04:27

    someplace, go, segregation, colored, seats, girl, unfair

  • Mary Tuttle
    2019-04-09 04:21

    I love the hopefulness and courage of this young lady. I love the encouragement she receives from her elders. And I love the fact that the Nashville Library was one of the first to integrate. Yay!

  • N_Allie l
    2019-03-31 01:35

    Picture your favorite place. Now picture a sign over that place that simply states, "(your skin color) NOT ALLOWED". That is what the main character, 'Tricia Ann, sees on her quest to get to "Someplace Special" (as the title implies). Set in the south in the 1950's, this award-winning book will tear at your heart strings until the very last page. The author, Patricia C. McKisssack (who is the main character in the story as well- hence 'Tricia), takes us along on 'Tricia Ann's journey through her small town. 'Tricia Ann has one destination in mind through her journey; to get to "Someplace Special". One morning, 'Tricia Ann decides she wants to find "her special place" alone. Although her grandmother is less than thrilled at allowing 'Tricia Ann to go off on her own, she agrees; thus, the semi-autobiographical story begins. As 'Tricia Ann boards the bus, she realizes she is not allowed to sit in the empty front of the bus; instead she is forced to sit in the crowded "colored section". As 'Tricia Ann is aboard the bus, she sees familiar faces that instantly make her feel better. 'Tricia Ann and her friends discuss how unfair it is that all the white people get to sit in the front, while they feel crowded and angry. One of 'Tricia Ann's friends points out that, "Those signs can tell us where to sit, but they can't tell us what to think". When 'Tricia Ann reaches her stop, she instantly sees a beautiful water fountain. 'Tricia wants to sit on a near-by bench and take in all of the water's beauty. To 'Tricia Ann's horror, the bench has a "FOR WHITES ONLY" sign engraved in it's wood. 'Tricia Ann is beyond devastated when she learns that she cannot simply sit down because she is not white. As 'Tricia Ann leaves the park, she comes to a local hot dog vendor who she is familiar with. Instantly the hot dog vendor can see how upset 'Tricia Ann is and gives her this piece of advice, "Don't let those signs steal yo' happiness". Tricia Ann keeps this bit of advice with her as she wanders into a hotel. Instantly, 'Tricia is caught in a rather large, loud crowd in the middle of the hotel lobby. It turns out there is a famous person in the hotel lobby in which everyone wants their autograph. As 'Tricia Ann is taking in all that is around her, she is stopped suddenly by the manager of the hotel screaming, "What makes you think you can come inside? No colored people are allowed!" With that, 'Tricia Ann runs out of the hotel and into a church garden where she finally sobs hysterically. 'Tricia Ann is caught off guard when she hears a quiet, delicate voice, "You are somebody, a human being- no better, no worse than anybody else in this world. Gettin' someplace special is not an easy route. But don't study on quittin', just keep walking straight ahead- and you'll make it." As it turns out, the soothing voice is from a woman who is sitting in the church garden when 'Tricia arrives. Only after those wise words is 'Tricia Ann able to continue on to finding her special place. Finally, she arrives; there it is ahead of her, The Public Library, where 'Tricia Ann can read the words engraved into this building- "Where all are welcome". 'Tricia Ann breathes a huge sigh of relief as she realizes she made it to her special place; a place where all are welcome; the public library. You will want to make sure this true story will find a way into your classroom library from the theme that runs throughout. Children ages 4 and up can learn about segregation in a child-friendly way. With the book's touching, watercolored pictures, your students will be able to connect with the main character's emotional journey.

  • Garstka Third
    2019-04-01 23:29

    Tricia was friendly to the white boy and he was being kind to her. But the mom said you can not talk to her. Another place she was kind to Jim selling pretzels. This shows she was nice and he felt good so he did something nice and she got a free one for being nice. And was kind to Mr.John Wiles when she smiled at him he smiled back. This shows they are being polite. This probably makes readers feel happy because they are being nice to each other. The mom was being mean to the boy by not letting him talk to Tricia. The manager was being mean to Tricia by yelling at her. But she is just little. This shows he is being rude. This probably makes readers feel mad because he is being rude to her. The person who made the law that blacks are separated from whites is mean. I think the mom was the nicest person in the book because she let Tricia go and she helped tie Tricia’s string. And the mom said remember everything I told you. This shows the mom is wishing her good luck.

  • Michelle Nguyen
    2019-04-17 01:16

    "Goin' Someplace Special" by Patirica C. McKissack is the perfect way for children of all different backgrounds to sympathize with the lives of the people, specifically children, that were affected by the Jim Crow laws back in late 1950's. This heartfelt story about a young woman of color, 'Tricia Ann, talks about how racism was so embedded into the society, that it caused automatic exclusiveness, which is against a lot of the beliefs that early childhood educators want to instill in their classroom environments today. For the first time, 'Tricia Ann goes off to explore the bustling city by herself while she journeys to her "special place." Through this journey, she is subject to many experiences of discrimination that are so common, they are daily life to her. Finally, after realizing that she is more than just the color of her skin, she finds herself at her "special place," the public library where "all are welcome." Even though the era highlighted in the book was several decades ago, it is still incredibly important for teachers to educate their students about the history of inequality in this country. There is no better way to do that than to read a story to the class. By reading this children's book, not only are students practicing their ability to see life through the perspective of another, but they are also challenged to think critically about their behavior and how that might affect others. I am incredibly passionate about social justice, and as a future elementary school teacher, I am always looking for how I can implement ideas of inclusiveness and diversity into my classroom. Reading children's book, such as this one by McKissack, will allow my students to engage in an experience that might be different from their own and engage in conversations and learn about ideas of social justice. This has been one of my favorite children's books that I have read so far, which is why I gave it 5 stars. The vibrant dress that 'Tricia Ann is illustrated in really exemplifies how unique she is as a character and how she cannot be, and should not be, defined by the color of her skin. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is wanting to open up conversation about previous, and current, social issues in our society and how we can combat them.