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Separate Is Never Equal
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation | Duncan Tonatiuh
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A 2015 Pura Belpr Illustrator Honor Book and a 2015 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English, Mendez was denied enrollment to a Whites only school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California. Praise for Separate is Never Equal STARRED REVIEWS "Tonatiuh masterfully combines text and folk-inspired art to add an important piece to the mosaic of U.S. civil rights history." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review Younger children will be outraged by the injustice of the Mendez family story but pleased by its successful resolution. Older children will understand the importance of the 1947 ruling that desegregated California schools, paving the way for Brown v. Board of Education seven years later. --School Library Journal, starred review "Tonatiuh (Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote) offers an illuminating account of a familys hard-fought legal battle to desegregate California schools in the years before Brown v. Board of Education." --Publishers Weekly "Pura Belpr Awardwinning Tonatiuh makes excellent use of picture-book storytelling to bring attention to the 1947 California ruling against public-school segregation." --Booklist "The straightforward narrative is well matched with the illustrations in Tonatiuhs signature style, their two-dimensional perspective reminiscent of the Mixtec codex but collaged with paper, wood, cloth, brick, and (Photoshopped) hair to provide textural variation. This story deserves to be more widely known, and now, thanks to this book, it will be." --The Horn Book Magazine
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ritakingston

“When you fight for justice, others will follow.”

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ritakingston

I will use this book in a classroom read-aloud because it can inform children about how people had to fight for segregation and how we can learn from this book. It also will be a tool for me when talking about racism.

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Pickpick

I absolutely love this book and I think it is so important for children to learn about the history of our country. This is a good nonfiction book because generalizations are supported by facts and the facts are accurate.

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Clairedannemiller

“The mendez children have to go to the mexican school“

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Clairedannemiller

This book would be great for older elementary students because the subject is more complicated to understand. Students may need to have a background of the story before reading the story to help them.

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Clairedannemiller
Pickpick

This is a nonfiction children's book. The facts in this story can be accurate because of things that have happened in the past. The story is structured very clearly and gets the stories point across.

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cparsley
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“the Mendez children have to go to the mexican school” This part of the book was so sad to me and influenced the rest of the book

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cparsley

This is a good example of nonfiction, it tells a story that children need to know and is good education for them

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cparsley
Pickpick

This is a nonfiction book about children going to segregated schools and how that was changed

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meganslats

I would definitely use this book inside my classroom. I would use it more in a second and up classroom only because the subject is a little bit for older children, and they might not understand what is going on. It is a great representation of racial discrimination back in the day and the author writes the book in a simple way for young children to understand.

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meganslats

“How many of the two-hundred ninety-two children at the Mexican school are inferior to whites in personal hygiene?“

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meganslats
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This is a nonfiction book about a Mexican family who fought for their rights. The dad fought for his kids to be able to go to the same school as white kids. The author's note includes pictures of the little girl and family from the story. A lot of the text comes from actual conversations that the author had with Sylvia Mendez. This is also an award-winning book.

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k.gauze
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“Segregation tens to give an aura of inferiority. In order to have people in the United Stares understand one another it is necessary for them to live together, and the public school is one of the mechanism where all the children of all the people go”

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k.gauze

love this book! Would definitely read it to a class or my own children. It is meaningful and tells a very important story. One of the many examples of parents fighting for their child‘s education.

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k.gauze
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This is a great nonfiction story about the Mendez family and how they fought for desegregation in the school systems. This is a great book because it will open the eyes of students to what people had to go through just to sit in the seats they are in currently. This book is easy to understand but it gets across a very important point!

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carlypabin

A book about a family fighting segregation in a school district and winning. Why it is important to stand up for things and your family is a really big theme

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maddyhensley

“No dogs or mexicans allowed”

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maddyhensley

A great read for the class. A good introduction to a diversity lesson!

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Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh published in 2014 is very engaging, factual, chronological by following the family, and cover stereotypes.

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carlypabin
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Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh (biography, published 2014) is about a community uniting to fight segregation in schools. A family wants all of the children in one school but the darker skin, Mexican part of the family was told they couldn‘t be in the same school as the lighter skin family. Tackles a big problem while showing overcoming adversity.

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Cd053917

This book would be perfect when discussing segregation in the classroom and I believe the children would really enjoy the illustrations.

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Cd053917
Pickpick

Separate is Never Equal was written by Duncan Tonatiuh in 2014. This book was very good biography about Sylvia Mendez and her family being segregated in school and fighting for their rights to be in a fair school building. This book was amazing and very powerful.

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elisaschwass

This book is perfect for the classroom to help inform kids what it was like in the past and how people needed to fight for equality

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elisaschwass

“She knew her family had fought for that”

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elisaschwass
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Separate is Never Equal was written by Duncan Tonatiuh in 2014. This book is about a girl who is mexican that is in a world where segregation is still happening. It‘s about her journey with her family to help Mexicans get equal rights, especially when it comes to school. This book was amazing to read and I loved it!

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Today I learned about the Mendez v. Westminster case, which desegregated schools in California more than seven years before Brown v. Board of Education. I haven‘t read many nonfiction picture books but this was a good way to learn something quickly. #NFNov #TIL

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