©1990 Mildred D. Taylor, Max Ginsburg; (P)2008 Penguin
"Taylor, a powerful storyteller, again combines authentic incidents to create a taut plot...Her cry for justice always rings true." (Kirkus Reviews)
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"Loved the Story"
This story was very well written and kept your interest from start to finish. Although it was short I felt it was very rich and the writer and narrator has the ability to take you there. I look forward to listening to more stories from Mildred D. Taylor
"A Great Multicultural Book!"
Mississippi Bridge is one of my favorite books for young children. This book is used with our gifted students because it demonstrates how different cultures deal with conflict. Ms. Taylor's black characters take a subservient role when in the presence of most white characters, but on their own they are unique individuals with a drive and purpose that the white characters lack. I was glad to see the Logan family again, and to learn more about Jeremy Simms, one of the white characters. I liked the way Ms. Taylor dealt with Jeremy's effort to understand racial discrimination, the fact that Jeremy does not share his father's view of black people, and that he is willing to disobey his father because he knew those beliefs were wrong. The ending of the book is very poignant and allows the reader to explore not only the character's feelings but their own. The reader needs to be aware that Ms. Taylor doesn't avoid use of derogatory terms of the time. This gives the reader an authentic representation of life for people of color in 1930's Mississippi. The "N Word" is used as part of the colloquial speech of that time.
"Why things happen"
This story is short but has powerful lessons in it. People died because of blatant racism and arrogance. Jeremy does not understand why the passengers had to die; he also did not understand the prevailing racism of the era either.... Josiah proved that he was more of a man of honor than the whites who thought themselves superior to him. How many of the whites would've risked their lives to save the lives of Blacks or retrieve their bodies from that swollen river. Josiah acted and reacted the way that he did because he was a man of honor.
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