Title: Uncle Jed's Barbershop
Author: Margaree King Mitchell
Illustrator: James Ransome
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 3.8
Concepts: saving, human & capital resources, entrepreneurship, economic history, discrimination
Summary: First-time author Mitchell crowds several themes--segregation, racism, the Depression, the American Dream--into her enterprising story. Sarah Jean's great uncle Jedediah, "the only black barber in the county,'' hangs on to his ambition to open a barber shop, despite a lifetime of obstacles that deplete his savings. First, Sarah Jean requires an expensive operation; later, the bank failures of the Depression wipe out his painstakingly replenished account.
Source of Summary: Publisher's Weekly