Thursday, July 17, 2014
REVIEW: The Pullman Porter
Author: Vanita Oelschlager
Publication date: 5.1.2014
Date read: 7.8.2014
Recommended by: NetGalley, Read 2 Review
Summary: Children and adults under the age of 40 are forgetting about the Pullman Porter. They were very important figures in the history of America. This book will teach children and adults who the porters were and why they were so important in our history. Porters worked in early train cars; they would look, listen and learn from their predominantly white passengers. They would read the newspapers passengers left behind, listen to conversations and begin to talk to one another. The porter learned how important education was for children and how important it was to take this message home to his children. He eventually landed at the forefront of the civil rights movement.
Beautiful artwork, well written, interesting, educational. This is a good book to use during Black History Month or when you are teaching your kids about trains. There's a lot of information in this book that led to lots of questions from the class and train play in centers. Usually they all fight over who is going to be the conductor or the driver. This time they fought over who was going to be the Pullman Porter. :)