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Uncle Jed's barbershop

by Mitchell, Margaree King.

Format: Print Book ©1993.
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 11 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB MITCHELL Margaree
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PB MITCHELL Margaree
CLP - Hill District Children's Picture Books qj Fic Mitchell
Location  CLP - Hill District
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  qj Fic Mitchell
CLP - Homewood Children's Picture Books qj Fic Mitchell
Location  CLP - Homewood
Collection  Children's Picture Books
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books qj FICTION Mitchell
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Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books
Call Number  qj FICTION Mitchell
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Picture Books qj Fic Mitchell
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Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  qj Fic Mitchell
Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Easy Readers J E Mit
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
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Call Number  J E Mit
Carnegie Library of Homestead Juvenile Picture Book J PIC Mitch
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Call Number  J PIC Mitch
Northland Public Library Children's Picture Books J PIC MITCHELL
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Plum Community Library Easy Reader E FIC MIT
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Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge Picture Books E MIT FAMILY
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Sarah Jean's Uncle Jed was the only black barber in the county. He had a kind heart and a warm smile. And he had a dream.

Everyone has a favorite relative. For Sarah Jean, it was her Uncle Jed.

Living in the segregated South of the 1920s, where most people were sharecroppers, Uncle Jed had to travel all over the county to cut his customers' hair. He lived for the day when he could open his very own barbershop. But it was a long time, and many setbacks--from five-year-old Sarah Jean's emergency operation to the bank failures of the Great Depression--before the joyful day when Uncle Jed opened his shiny new shop and twirled a now grown-up Sarah Jean around in the barber chair.

With James E. Ransome's richly colored paintings brimming with life, this is a stirring story of dreams long deferred and finally realized.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 7-10. Set in the 1920s and told from young Sarah Jean's point of view, this story about dreams and determina~tion spotlights segrega~tion. Uncle Jed, the only black barber in the county, walks to his friends and relatives to give hair~cuts, saving whatever money he can. He dreams of owning a barbershop. When Sarah Jean suddenly needs surgery and the white doctors refuse to operate until they have the cash to pay for it, Uncle Jed provides the money. His dream is post~poned again when all his money is lost in a bank failure. Final~ly, years later at age 79, Uncle Jed opens his shop, and Sarah Jean, now a grown woman, is there to help celebrate. There is a quiet solidari~ty in the child's fond memories of a favor~ite relative. Still, the reader wants more. For exam~ple, Sarah Jean's surgery is a focal point, yet the author includes few details. The author also under~states emo~tions in a frus~trating way. When Uncle Jed learns of the bank fail~ure, the text says of him, "Even though he was disap~pointed, he would just have to start over again." A real strength is the paint~ings, which capture memorable characters and family life in the rural South with a warmth and depth that is truly moving. The bright colors and the farm scenes with golden fields as well as those homey indoor family times enhance Mitche~ll's message. Try reading this picture book to older chil~dren. ~--Deborah Abbott"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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. The author's convivial depictions of family life are enhanced by Ransome's ( Red Dancing Shoes ) spirited oil paintings, which set the affectionate intergenerational cast against brightly patterned walls and crisp, leaf-strewn landscapes. The defining element of the book, however, may well be the narrator's measured descriptions of the racial climate of the 1920s: ``In those days, they kept blacks and whites separate. There were separate public rest rooms, separate water fountains, separate schools. It was called segregation.'' These starkly imposed social studies lessons, presented as interruptions to Uncle Jed's progress, also interrupt the narrative; readers will be impatient to attend his grand opening celebration at age 79 (along with a now-grown-up Sarah Jane). Ages 4-7. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Uncles -- Fiction.
Barbers -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,©1993.
Contributors Ransome, James.
Language English
Awards Coretta Scott King Honor Book, illustrator, 1994
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
ISBN 9780671769697
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