Sister Anne’s Hands
Marybeth Lorbiecki (Author), Wendy Popp, Ill.
This is a beautiful, timeless picture book about acceptance, about equality and about racism.
Set in the 1960’s, Anna hears her parents talking about the new, ‘colored’ teacher who is coming to the local Catholic school.
Anna is excited about seeing a ‘colored’ teacher, imagining purple or green skin.
Anna loves this new, caring teacher who tells beautiful stories, makes wonderful jokes and who manages to make school much more fun. Until a racist joke lands on her desk. Sister Anne shows her students the color of hate, and teaches of love.
The lovely pastel illustrations add to the story and show us the era. Unfortunately, this story is still as relevant today as it was in the ’60’s. A good read and a great starting point for discussion.