The Big Day

Star Bright. Nov. 2020. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781595729132; pap. $6.99. ISBN 9781595729149.
K-Gr 2-–Tansy and Big Mama are preparing for a big day; they get dressed and head to the voting ward. Tansy takes part in a historical day as Big Mama becomes the first Black woman to cast her vote in Knoxville, TN. Based on the life of Agnes Sadler, the book highlights the long fight for voting rights for every person in the United States even after Sadler’s vote. Casilla’s watercolors are realistic, mirroring the well-paced text fairly precisely. The back matter includes an author’s note that summarizes the uniqueness of Knoxville, the dedicated life of Agnes Sadler, the history of women’s suffrage, and a time line of voting rights in the U. S.
VERDICT This story based on real events may launch in-depth discussions of voting and other civil rights.

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