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A Sweet Smell of Roses
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About The Book
Two young girls not only witness but help to change history in this inspiring and urgent Civil Rights-era picture book by three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Angela Johnson.
There's a sweet, sweet smell in the air as two young girls sneak out of their house, down the street, and across town to where men and women are gathered, ready to march for freedom and justice.
Inspired by the countless young people who took a stand against the forces of injustice, two Coretta Scott King Honorees, Angela Johnson and Eric Velasquez, offer a stirring yet jubilant glimpse of the youth involvement that played an invaluable role in the Civil Rights movement.
About The Illustrator
Eric Velasquez earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and has illustrated over thirty children’s books, earning a Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent, an NAACP Image award, the 2011 Pura Belpré Award for illustration, the 2018 Walter Award, and an SCBWI’s Golden Kite Award.
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (December 26, 2007)
- Length: 32 pages
- ISBN13: 9781416953616
- Grades: K - 3
- Ages: 5 - 8
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Raves and Reviews
"The pervasive smell of roses is an effective metaphor for the scent of freedom in the air, and Johnson's poetic text is powerful."
-- Horn Book
"This book is not only about segregation; it's also about the crowds of people 'walking our way toward freedom,' the thrilling portrait of Dr. King, and the two brave kids who cross the line." -- Booklist
"Powerful and moving."
-- Kirkus Reviews
Awards and Honors
- CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
- CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
- Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Starred PrimaryTitle
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High Resolution Images
- Book Cover Image (jpg): A Sweet Smell of Roses Trade Paperback 9781416953616(6.1 MB)
- Author Photo (jpg): Angela Johnson Photograph by Roz Pinkard(0.9 MB)
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