Ernest's Gift / by Kathryn Tucker Windham, illustrated by Frank Hardy
Title: Ernest's Gift
Concepts: altruism, racial inequality, discrimination
Review: During the 1930s when Ernest Dawson was a young boy, institutionalized racial segregation prevented him from using the public library in Selma, Alabama, the closest town to his rural home. When Ernest first tried to walk into the library and he heard that only whites were welcome, he felt devastated. Although the experience lingered in his memory, he never lost his love of books and of learning as he directed his career toward early childhood education. Ernest also chose an ironic expression of forgiveness at the end of his life.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children
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