White Socks Only

When Grandma was a little girl in Mississippi, she sneaked into the town one hot summer day. But when she saw the "Whites Only" sign on the water fountain, she had no idea what she would spark when she took off her shoes and - wearing her clean white socks - stepped up to drink.
Noemie Minqiu · 四月 24, 2020
  • Written by: Evelyn Coleman
  • Illustrated by: Tyrone Geter
  • Published by: Albert Whitman & Company
  • Suggested grade level: 3rd

‘White Socks Only’ by Evelyn Coleman is a heartbreaking story about the past of the United States. A young girl asks her grandmother if she can go into town. Her grandmother tells her a story of a time when she was a child and she went to the town. She saw a drinking fountain that said ‘Whites Only’ and she believed that meant her white socks. It was difficult to read this story becasue of the actions of some of the people in the town. 

This story is fiction based on research. It is about a certain time-period and the author needed to do some research to correctly portray the characters. The grandmother is the main character with her granddaughter being a minor character. The plot of this book involves two stories. The daughter is asking to go into town; as well as the grandmother’s story of her past. 

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