We Wait for the Sun
Dovey Mae and her wise grandmother venture into the woods, and Dovey learns to stop fearing the dark and begins appreciating the nature around her and the power of sunrise. This young African American girl would go on to become a social justice activist and leader of the civil rights movement. The cherished memory of this experience with her grandmother may encourage readers to reflect on moments spent with their own grandmothers. Compelling images and thought-provoking text tell an engaging story about the guidance and power of the grandmother’s strength. Grade 5–6 students can reflect on these notions in class, discussing their own strengths and how they could use them to help others. This may lend itself to personal writing activities and art lessons.