Belle, The Last Mule at Gee's Bend

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Belle, The Last Mule at Gee's Bend
Written by Bettye Stroud
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ISBN-10: 0763640581
ISBN-13: 9780763640583
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Belle, The Last Mule at Gee's Bend
A Civil Rights Story

author: Bettye Stroud
illustrator: John Holyfield

Sitting on a bench waiting for his mother, Alex spies a mule chomping on greens in someone’s garden, and he can’t help but ask about it.""Ol Belle?” says Miz Pettway next to him. “She can have all the collards she wants. She’s earned it.” And so begins the tale of a simple mule in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, who played a singular part in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. When African-Americans in a poor community-- inspired by a visit from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.-- defied local authorities who were trying to stop them from registering to vote, many got around a long detour on mule-drawn wagons. Later, after Dr. King’s assassination, two mules from Gee’s Bend pulled the farm wagon bearing his casket through the streets of Atlanta. As Alex looks into the eyes of gentle Belle, he begins to understand a powerful time in history in a very personal way.

A true story inspires the moving tale of a mule that played a key role in the civil rights movement-- and a young boy who sees history anew.
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Picture Books / Hardback
age range:
5 yrs - 8 yrs
# of pages/size:
32 / 9 13/16" x 10 1/4"
grade range:
Kindergarten - Grade 3
People & Places; Historical; Social Issues;
author’s comments:
Calvin Alexander Ramsey is a playwright, photographer, and painter. He adapted one of his plays for print as Ruth and the Green Book, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Calvin Alexander Ramsey lives in Atlanta.

Bettye Stroud is the author of several books for children, including The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom, illustrated by Erin Susanne Bennett. Bettye Stroud lives in Georgia.
illustrator’s comments:
John Holyfield has illustrated several books for children, including The Hallelujah Flight by Phil Bildner. John Holyfield lives in Virginia.
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