“In this non fiction story written by Suzanne Jurmain, Miss Crandall is trying to teach African American girls geography, history, reading, philosophy, and chemistry. Trying to open and maintain one of the first African American schools in America. Exciting and eye-opening, this account of the...”see full review » see other reviews »
“In this non fiction story written by Suzanne Jurmain, Miss Crandall is trying to teach African American girls geography, history, reading, philosophy, and chemistry. Trying to open and maintain one of the first African American schools in America. Exciting and eye-opening, this account of the heroine of Canterbury, Connecticut, and her elegant white schoolhouse at the center of town will give readers a glimpse of what it is like to try to change the world when few agree with you.
Grade level equivalent-6.2
Guided reading level-X”
“This book tells about how it wasn't fair for African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. It forces a kind, loving lady to make a decision that could make her hated by everyone. All due to a little girl with a goal ”Benow Stevenson wrote this review Wednesday, February 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When Prudence Crandall decided to allow school for African American girls to attend her school in Canterbury, CT in the early 1830’s, she was met by great resistance from the wealthy, white community. The book recounts the struggles and courage of Crandall and her students as they struggled to main the school. The text is filled with quotes and photograph.
Teaching possibilities: Connecticut social studies units, biography studies, segregation/discrimination studies, civil rights units – examine similarities/differences to modern day discrimination, reading units on courage/character study
Themes: biography, influential women, slavery, segregation, discrimination, courage, hatred
“ women fighting for black people's rights, She wants to teach young black girls. No matter what happens to her, she keep teaching them.”Jamie S wrote this review Tuesday, September 13, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When I first picked this book I thought it was going to be about the Amish schoolhouse shooting. I had not read the synopsis for the book, and I assumed it was about that. It was actually about a woman who started an all girls school for only black girls. I enjoyed the story. I had never heard the story before, so it was nice to have new information.”Allie E wrote this review Monday, April 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting”Richard B wrote this review Thursday, November 18, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This biography tells the story of Prudance Crandall, a Canterbury, Connecticut resident in the 1830s who wanted to open a school for African-American girls. During a time when educating women wasn't always favorable, Crandall caused quite a stir in her small community by wanting to teach black girls. Townspeople tried desperately to shut her school down through legal and not-so-legal means, but she was able to hold on through a night in jail and several trials. Despite the courts declaring Ms. Crandall innocent, the pressure and violence displayed by the town was too much to bear and the Crandall school closed barely two years after opening. Prudence never lost her conviction, though, and continued to fight for African-American rights off and on until she died. Jurmain's tone explains to young readers how and why things were different in Prudence's time; for example: "To African Americans like these, school was not a burden or a chore. It was a gateway to a new, exciting world of knowledge," (p. 22). This book would be useful during Black History or Women's History months.”Danielle wrote this review Wednesday, March 10, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Citation - Jurmain, S. (2005). The Forbidden Schoolhouse: The true and dramatic story of Prudence Crandall and her students. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
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Awards - 2007 Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee
My Thoughts -”Katie T wrote this review Wednesday, April 2, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No