Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ron's Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden

Ron's Big Mission is a delightful story about the late astronaut Ronald McNair. The story takes place in the 1950's when Ron is a small boy. Through out the beginning of the book, Ron keeps saying he's off to do something important-- more important than eating a donut, or playing basketball. When Ron gets to the library, he waves hello to the librarian and goes to the aisle with books on aviation, then he does something he hasn't done before. He walks up to the counter to CHECK THE BOOKS OUT. Today, that might not be a big deal, but in Lake City, South Carolina in the 1950's, it was huge. As a black person, Ron wasn't allowed to check books out from the library. Only white people were allowed that privilege. Ron's bravery causes the police to be called, but in the end, he gets his wish, his books and his very own library card.
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I love this book! It's a great new look into the Civil Rights Movement. Not only is the main person a child, the location is a local library. When most people think of the Civil Rights movement, they think of buses, schools and water fountains. We rarely think of the children.
I also love that this book is a look into the life of Ronald McNair that most people wouldn't think about. I know I'm not one to think of astronauts as children, let alone mini-activist. :O)

"You can only be a winner if you are willing to walk over the edge. You're eagles. Spread your wings and fly to the sky." Ronald McNair