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Title:
Virgie goes to school with us boys
Author:
Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Summary:
In the post-Civil War South, a young African American girl is determined to prove that she can go to school just like her older brothers.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
190 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 32905.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 2 Quiz: 20378 Guided reading level: N.
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ISBN:
9780689800764
Format :
Book

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All Virgie wants is to go to school with her brothers George, Will, Nelson, Val, and C. C. But they keep saying she's too little for the long, seven-mile walk, and that girls don't need school.
Well, Virgie doesn't agree, and she's not gonna let anything stand in her way.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-7. A much-loved and often-told family story does not always translate into a compelling and engaging picture book, but this one sure does. Virgie, youngest in a family of boys, wants to learn to read and write just like her brothers. But the boys have to walk seven miles to Jonesborough each Monday morning, carrying their food and clothes, and stay the week at the Quaker school. Virgie is insistent, and the wonderful rhythms of the telling take us past the mill, the stream, the woods where the children sing to drive away the fear, and, finally, to school, where Virgie vows to read every book. Lewis, who illustrated Bat Boy and the Violin (1998), beautifully uses the play of light and dark, letting the greens of forest and meadow, the rich brown skin tones of the characters, and the pale cottons of britches and dresses make a sparkling series of images on the full-page illustrations. An author's note tells some of the family and social history on which the story is based. Children will respond to the wonderful pictures and the implicit and moving message about the value of learning. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido


Publisher's Weekly Review

Based on a true story set during Reconstruction, an African-American girl is determined to get an education just like her brothers, despite the protests of her family. In a starred review, PW called Virgie "a radiant heroine." Ages 5-8. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-The youngest and the only girl in a family with five boys, Virgie works hard to convince everyone she is old enough, strong enough, and smart enough to attend the school set up by the Quakers for recently freed blacks in Jonesborough, TN. By the end of summer, she has convinced her family that she can make the seven-mile walk to board at school each week and willingly handle the job of "learning to be free." The story is a superb tribute to the author's great aunt, the inspiration for this book. Howard crystallizes each of the family members, setting the protagonist snugly in the midst of annoying but loving brothers and wise parents. A note provides more information about the school and family. Lewis's watercolor illustrations capture the characters with warmth and dignity; the many double-page spreads evoke the vastness of both the land and the immensity of Virgie's undertaking. There is a blush of dialect and two thrilling references to Raw Head and Bloody Bones waiting in the woods to catch the children on their way to school. Youngsters will enjoy Virgie but it will be years before they can harvest all that is planted in this gentle tale. A worthy choice for read-alouds and independent reading.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.