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Hungry? Check the Green Book. Tired? Check the Green Book. Sick? Check the Green Book. In the late 1930s when segregation was legal and Black Americans couldn't visit every establishment or travel everywhere they wanted to safely, a New Yorker named Victor Hugo Green decided to do something about it. Green wrote and published a guide that listed places where his fellow Blac Hungry? Check the Green Book. Tired? Check the Green Book. Sick? Check the Green Book. In the late 1930s when segregation was legal and Black Americans couldn't visit every establishment or travel everywhere they wanted to safely, a New Yorker named Victor Hugo Green decided to do something about it. Green wrote and published a guide that listed places where his fellow Black Americans could be safe in New York City. The guide sold like hot cakes! Soon customers started asking Green to make a guide to help them travel and vacation safely across the nation too. With the help of his mail carrier co-workers and the African American business community, Green's guide allowed millions of African Americans to travel safely and enjoy traveling across the nation. In the first picture book about the creation and distribution of The Green Book, author Keila Dawson and illustrator Alleanna Harris tell the story of the man behind it and how this travel guide opened the road for a safer, more equitable America.


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Hungry? Check the Green Book. Tired? Check the Green Book. Sick? Check the Green Book. In the late 1930s when segregation was legal and Black Americans couldn't visit every establishment or travel everywhere they wanted to safely, a New Yorker named Victor Hugo Green decided to do something about it. Green wrote and published a guide that listed places where his fellow Blac Hungry? Check the Green Book. Tired? Check the Green Book. Sick? Check the Green Book. In the late 1930s when segregation was legal and Black Americans couldn't visit every establishment or travel everywhere they wanted to safely, a New Yorker named Victor Hugo Green decided to do something about it. Green wrote and published a guide that listed places where his fellow Black Americans could be safe in New York City. The guide sold like hot cakes! Soon customers started asking Green to make a guide to help them travel and vacation safely across the nation too. With the help of his mail carrier co-workers and the African American business community, Green's guide allowed millions of African Americans to travel safely and enjoy traveling across the nation. In the first picture book about the creation and distribution of The Green Book, author Keila Dawson and illustrator Alleanna Harris tell the story of the man behind it and how this travel guide opened the road for a safer, more equitable America.

30 review for Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    It's such a stain on our country's history that the Green Book needed to exist, but it is also inspiring that Victor and Alma Green stepped up to produce it. A great introduction and discussion starter for children on the important topics of racism, discrimination and segregation. It's such a stain on our country's history that the Green Book needed to exist, but it is also inspiring that Victor and Alma Green stepped up to produce it. A great introduction and discussion starter for children on the important topics of racism, discrimination and segregation.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Beth Anderson

    Most people haven’t heard of the Green Book. And those who have, probably don’t know anything about the person who created it. Opening the Road takes the reader inside a piece of history and shares what life was like for African Americans who attempted to travel before legislation prohibited segregation. By tapping into community to collect, compile, and organize businesses that welcomed blacks, Victor Green was able to lay open a navigable path,“opening the road” to make travel safer. Back matt Most people haven’t heard of the Green Book. And those who have, probably don’t know anything about the person who created it. Opening the Road takes the reader inside a piece of history and shares what life was like for African Americans who attempted to travel before legislation prohibited segregation. By tapping into community to collect, compile, and organize businesses that welcomed blacks, Victor Green was able to lay open a navigable path,“opening the road” to make travel safer. Back matter highlights that, despite legislation and the progress made, African Americans still face dangers due to race when traveling.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abby Johnson

    This is a colorful and informative book about the history of the Green Book, a guidebook that listed safe places for African Americans to stop (restaurants, hotels, businesses, etc.) when they traveled. Did you know that Victor Hugo Green was inspired to create it by a Jewish newspaper that gave information about Jewish-owned hotels and resorts? And that more than 2 million copies of the Green Book were sold? This is an appealing picture book to share with young readers to have a conversation ab This is a colorful and informative book about the history of the Green Book, a guidebook that listed safe places for African Americans to stop (restaurants, hotels, businesses, etc.) when they traveled. Did you know that Victor Hugo Green was inspired to create it by a Jewish newspaper that gave information about Jewish-owned hotels and resorts? And that more than 2 million copies of the Green Book were sold? This is an appealing picture book to share with young readers to have a conversation about the history of racism and segregation in this country. And the dates on the timeline in the back matter are cars on a road, which is adorable.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus This picture book gives a great overview of the social conditions for Black Americans starting in 1936, and discusses the reasons why the Green Book was necessary. It follows Green's process in putting together this document while he was working as a mail carrier, and shows how people used it when they traveled. Picture books can be a great way to introduce topics about which students aren't really aware, and this was particularly well done. The illustrations defi E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus This picture book gives a great overview of the social conditions for Black Americans starting in 1936, and discusses the reasons why the Green Book was necessary. It follows Green's process in putting together this document while he was working as a mail carrier, and shows how people used it when they traveled. Picture books can be a great way to introduce topics about which students aren't really aware, and this was particularly well done. The illustrations definitely add to the period flavor and make the stark realities that Black travelers faced even clearer. I didn't know that there had been a similar guide for Jewish travelers, nor did I know that there are some current attempts to construct updated, online guides for the Black community, highlighting Black owned businesses. There needs to be a poster of the timeline in the back of the book; it was really visually appealing and informative. I don't buy a lot of picture books, but this is an excellent addition to a middle school library both for sparking an interest in further research, or for teachers who want to cover historical topics with class read alouds. Of course, this book makes me want to spend hours looking at the digitized collection of Green Guides posted by the New York Public Library.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Bange

    An origin story about the ubiquitous Green Book. This biography about Victor Hugo Green sketches out Green's efforts to help other Black Americans navigate the roadways of the U.S. at a time when prejudice and segregation was rampant nationwide. Dawson's engaging text is clear in its revealing tales about the origin and uses of the Green Book over the years. An author's note in back gives more detailed information about the Green Book, its usefulness, and the concern regarding institutional racism An origin story about the ubiquitous Green Book. This biography about Victor Hugo Green sketches out Green's efforts to help other Black Americans navigate the roadways of the U.S. at a time when prejudice and segregation was rampant nationwide. Dawson's engaging text is clear in its revealing tales about the origin and uses of the Green Book over the years. An author's note in back gives more detailed information about the Green Book, its usefulness, and the concern regarding institutional racism that continues in today's society. Illustrations created digitally by Alleanna Harris have a retro feel to them. The cars have the appropriate silhouettes for the time period, as well as dress and hair styles. The timeline is cleverly shown as a road. Very fun! Pair this book with Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Gwen Strauss, illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Carolrhoda Books, c2010), The Gold Cadillac by Mildred D. Taylor (Dial Books, c1987), The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (Delacorte Press, c1995) and This Is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013) in a unit about the Great Migration, using artwork by Jacob Lawrence to add a cross-curricular punch and a replica/facsimile of the Green Book to have students plot their own drive across the U.S. Highly Recommended for grades 3-8.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mutually Inclusive

    This inspiring picture book biography details Victor Hugo Green’s creation and distribution of The Negro Motorist Green Book, or as most people call it today, The Green Book. In the late 1930’s, Black Americans were not guaranteed safe travel throughout the United States. Segregation barred Black motorist’s access to establishments like gas stations, rest areas, or hotels. The high number of “sundown towns”, all white communities that excluded non-white individuals after dark though intimidating This inspiring picture book biography details Victor Hugo Green’s creation and distribution of The Negro Motorist Green Book, or as most people call it today, The Green Book. In the late 1930’s, Black Americans were not guaranteed safe travel throughout the United States. Segregation barred Black motorist’s access to establishments like gas stations, rest areas, or hotels. The high number of “sundown towns”, all white communities that excluded non-white individuals after dark though intimidating and often violent tactics, made it dangerous for Black Americans to travel long distances. Inspired by a Jewish newspaper, Victor Hugo Green, a US Postal Service worker in Harlem, decided to write a book to help Black travelers find safe options. The Green Book allowed trips to be planned with hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and many other businesses that welcomed Black customers. This travel guide became an invaluable resource for Black Americans throughout the country, and it flew off shelves, eventually selling over two million copies. I love that the illustrations by Alleanna Harris bring life not just to Victor’s story, but also to the stories of many Black families who were able to safely enjoy family vacations. Victor’s story highlights the resilience Black Americans have shown amid the countless obstacles facing them throughout our nation’s history. In the face of enormous challenges like segregation and racism, Victor, Alma, and all of Victor’s Postal service friends found a way to distribute vital information throughout the country, allowing numerous travelers safe passage. The back of the book contains a fantastic author’s note that includes more historical detail, context around why The Green Book is relevant to conversations about safety in Black communities today, and information on current projects inspired by The Green Book, as well as a timeline. I would like to thank Beaming Books for sending me a review copy of this amazing book. I am so grateful to be able to share Victor Hugo Green’s story. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads | Storygraph

  7. 5 out of 5

    Roben

    I had heard of the Green Book and of the importance it held for safe travel for African Americans. But I did not know the man behind it. Or how information was gathered. This is an exceptional book that shines a light on something that many people have never experienced -- taking a road trip and not knowing if you will be able to find a place to eat, go to the bathroom, get gas, or spend the night just because your skin color is not white. You could pair this book with Nic Stone's Clean Getaway I had heard of the Green Book and of the importance it held for safe travel for African Americans. But I did not know the man behind it. Or how information was gathered. This is an exceptional book that shines a light on something that many people have never experienced -- taking a road trip and not knowing if you will be able to find a place to eat, go to the bathroom, get gas, or spend the night just because your skin color is not white. You could pair this book with Nic Stone's Clean Getaway for upper elementary.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anita McDivitt Barrios

    For an excellent lesson plan (aimed at 8th grade students, not elementary students) that uses this book and Ruth and the Green Book as an anticipatory set, please visit my blog. Visit my blog for more great middle grade book recommendations, free teaching materials and fiction writing tips: https://amb.mystrikingly.com/ For an excellent lesson plan (aimed at 8th grade students, not elementary students) that uses this book and Ruth and the Green Book as an anticipatory set, please visit my blog. Visit my blog for more great middle grade book recommendations, free teaching materials and fiction writing tips: https://amb.mystrikingly.com/

  9. 4 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    This nonfiction picture book has great text and illustrations, and it gives a clear, accurate, and succinct explanation of who Victor Hugo Green was, why the Green Book was necessary, and how it positively impacted Black travel. This is a great introduction for kids of any race, and touches on the Civil Rights Movement as part of the story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marcie Wessels

    Opening the Road by Dawson and Harris introduces young readers to Victor Hugo Green and his Green Book, a travel guide created for African Americans to help them journey safely throughout the U.S. during the Jim Crow Era. Having faced discrimination while traveling with his own family, Green, a black postman from Harlem, enlists the help of fellow mail carriers and other community members to compile a list of hotels and restaurants known to be safe ports of call for African American travelers. W Opening the Road by Dawson and Harris introduces young readers to Victor Hugo Green and his Green Book, a travel guide created for African Americans to help them journey safely throughout the U.S. during the Jim Crow Era. Having faced discrimination while traveling with his own family, Green, a black postman from Harlem, enlists the help of fellow mail carriers and other community members to compile a list of hotels and restaurants known to be safe ports of call for African American travelers. What begins as a regional effort, soon grows to include data from across the United States, ensuring safe travel for a generation of African Americans. Opening the Road is certainly a fascinating biography about a little-known historical figure and his travel guide but it is also a timely book about activism, social justice, resilience, resourcefulness, and the power of community. Highly recommended!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tia

    Captivating illustration and story of a very sad but true time in history that is so often untold and forgotten. I can't wait to utilize this in my classroom! Captivating illustration and story of a very sad but true time in history that is so often untold and forgotten. I can't wait to utilize this in my classroom!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melissa the Librarian

    A much-needed book about the history behind the Green Book, why it was needed, and how it's still impacting travel today. A much-needed book about the history behind the Green Book, why it was needed, and how it's still impacting travel today.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Hammelef

    Before reading this picture book biography, I had never heard of Victor Hugo Green or his Green Book, and that is unacceptable. This inspirational man is so important to history and the fight against racial segregation. He and his wife's work to provide Black Americans with safe places to travel opened so many doors and also helped Black-owned businesses at the same time. Before reading this picture book biography, I had never heard of Victor Hugo Green or his Green Book, and that is unacceptable. This inspirational man is so important to history and the fight against racial segregation. He and his wife's work to provide Black Americans with safe places to travel opened so many doors and also helped Black-owned businesses at the same time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Two BookWorms Blog

    Books like this make history interesting and personal. Although it is a picture book intended for ages 3-8, I wouldn’t be afraid to use it with older students. Beaming Books has an excellent educator’s guide. For the full review: https://twobookwormsblog.wordpress.co... Books like this make history interesting and personal. Although it is a picture book intended for ages 3-8, I wouldn’t be afraid to use it with older students. Beaming Books has an excellent educator’s guide. For the full review: https://twobookwormsblog.wordpress.co...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Pimm

    Opening the Road tells the unknown story of Victor Hugo, a black postal worker who saw a need and acted upon it. In the 1930's, travel for people of color proved challenging. Restaurants wouldn't serve the black community. Hotels turned them away. Even some gas stations refused service. That's when Hugo came up with the idea to compile lists of safe places for people of color to stop along their travels. Hugo's ingenious book was a hit and so is his story as told by Keila Dawson. A timeline and Opening the Road tells the unknown story of Victor Hugo, a black postal worker who saw a need and acted upon it. In the 1930's, travel for people of color proved challenging. Restaurants wouldn't serve the black community. Hotels turned them away. Even some gas stations refused service. That's when Hugo came up with the idea to compile lists of safe places for people of color to stop along their travels. Hugo's ingenious book was a hit and so is his story as told by Keila Dawson. A timeline and a note from the author are included in the backmatter. Beautifully illustrated by Alleanna Harris, this book is a must for every classroom and library.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan Wroble

    Eating out. Staying at hotels. Going to the hospital. They are all things that we take for granted, but for black citizens in the United States, they were too often told no: No Blacks Allowed. In 1936, tired of hearing no, Victor Hugo Green decided to create a list of the places in New York City, where he lived, where black travelers to the city could be safe. The book was such a success that just two years later, he published the first national edition. Author Keila V. Dawson and illustrator Al Eating out. Staying at hotels. Going to the hospital. They are all things that we take for granted, but for black citizens in the United States, they were too often told no: No Blacks Allowed. In 1936, tired of hearing no, Victor Hugo Green decided to create a list of the places in New York City, where he lived, where black travelers to the city could be safe. The book was such a success that just two years later, he published the first national edition. Author Keila V. Dawson and illustrator Alleanna Harris’s nonfiction picture book OPENING THE ROAD: VICTOR HUGO GREEN AND HIS GREEN BOOK (Beaming Books, 2021) takes the reader on the journey through U.S. segregation to civil rights, using cause and effect to highlight the role Green’s book played in opening the country to African-Americans. A fabulous book about a little known aspect of U.S. history. For teachers, Dawson’s website includes a great educational guide, with activities for a variety of grades.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gabi

    Recent films and TV shows have highlighted The Green Book, but this is the first picture book to tackle this fascinating and important subject. Dawson and Harris do a fantastic job with compelling and poignant text and visual details that provide a strong sense of the segregation-era setting and the urgent need The Green Book filled. I also learned a lot about the man behind the book. For instance, Victor was a mail carrier and he worked on this book in the evenings after long days spent deliver Recent films and TV shows have highlighted The Green Book, but this is the first picture book to tackle this fascinating and important subject. Dawson and Harris do a fantastic job with compelling and poignant text and visual details that provide a strong sense of the segregation-era setting and the urgent need The Green Book filled. I also learned a lot about the man behind the book. For instance, Victor was a mail carrier and he worked on this book in the evenings after long days spent delivering mail. And he sought the help of mail carriers from across the country, asking them to share the names and addresses of places that welcomed Black customers. We follow the book from its inception to the final edition (1966-1967) and end with the acknowledgement that though segregation by race had become illegal, “the fight against racism still had – and has – a long way to go.” This engaging book both informs and moves the reader. Highly recommended!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Schrauben

    I am always thrilled to find a new piece of history to share with kids. THIS is a hidden gem for sure! Even the smallest kids can relate to being treated unfairly. Victor Hugo's journey in helping others to access essential needs is inspiring -- one person can make a huge difference! I am always thrilled to find a new piece of history to share with kids. THIS is a hidden gem for sure! Even the smallest kids can relate to being treated unfairly. Victor Hugo's journey in helping others to access essential needs is inspiring -- one person can make a huge difference!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Charley Brown

    In Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and his Green Book, author Keila V. Dawson engages the reader right from the start with Victor’s personal desire to travel safely and freely. Through the poetic device of repetitive language, she introduces the idea that hotels, restaurants, and restrooms were few and far between for black Americans due to segregation laws. Victor Hugo knew that having safe, welcoming contacts would make it possible for black people to avoid discrimination and injustice. Wi In Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and his Green Book, author Keila V. Dawson engages the reader right from the start with Victor’s personal desire to travel safely and freely. Through the poetic device of repetitive language, she introduces the idea that hotels, restaurants, and restrooms were few and far between for black Americans due to segregation laws. Victor Hugo knew that having safe, welcoming contacts would make it possible for black people to avoid discrimination and injustice. With the black community’s help, he compiled the first Green Book in 1936, and went on to broaden the reach across America for many years after. Teamed with Alleanna Harris’s cartoon realistic illustrations, readers internalize Dawson’s age-appropriate narration of the history behind how Victor Hugo united a safer global community for black travelers. Children receive an inside look at the teamwork inspired by Victor’s effort.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Gold

    My toddler and I loved this book! She learned about the history of segregation in a very kid friendly way and I got to learn more details about the history of the Green Book. The illustrations and text showed very scary situations in a tactful way that I felt was totally appropriate to share with an almost 3 year old. She was engaged and wanted to know where all the travelers were going. She was excited for the spread that showed them on the beach, at the mountains, and riding horses.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Finison

    This is a fascinating and well-told history of Victor Hugo Green, whose Green Book was a comprehensive guide for Black travelers through the middle of the 20th century. The book does not hold back or gloss over details as it describes some of the obstacles Black Americans faced while on the road. "White American travelers could stop at any roadside restaurant, hotel, or bathroom. But Black Americans had to pack cold food, blankets and pillows for sleeping in the car...and a make-do toilet." Thes This is a fascinating and well-told history of Victor Hugo Green, whose Green Book was a comprehensive guide for Black travelers through the middle of the 20th century. The book does not hold back or gloss over details as it describes some of the obstacles Black Americans faced while on the road. "White American travelers could stop at any roadside restaurant, hotel, or bathroom. But Black Americans had to pack cold food, blankets and pillows for sleeping in the car...and a make-do toilet." These important details paint a vivid picture and set the stage for why this book was so revolutionary and important. I love how this book shows how Black Americans pulled together to help each other, pool information, and make an unbearable situation more tolerable. Back matter gives more information about Victor Hugo Green, and discusses how even today travel is not always as safe for Black Americans as it is for whites.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    OPENING THE ROAD is a fascinating chronicle of the directory created and maintained by Victor Hugo Green to mitigate the obstacles and hardships faced by Black travelers in the 1930’s, when segregation was legal. The story is a compelling testament to the power of one individual to make a positive difference in the world. The book also serves as a strong reminder of how far we’ve traveled as a society, and how much farther we still need to go to create a safe and accessible world for all. An esp OPENING THE ROAD is a fascinating chronicle of the directory created and maintained by Victor Hugo Green to mitigate the obstacles and hardships faced by Black travelers in the 1930’s, when segregation was legal. The story is a compelling testament to the power of one individual to make a positive difference in the world. The book also serves as a strong reminder of how far we’ve traveled as a society, and how much farther we still need to go to create a safe and accessible world for all. An especially timely book as We the People once again seek to confront and address issues related to racism and social justice in our country. This book is well-researched and well-written, and includes a robust bibliography and a brilliantly illustrated, road-themed historical timeline. An excellent consideration for personal and educational collections.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vivian Kirkfield

    This is a fascinating well-written story about an amazing visionary who saw a need and created something of great value. Engaging, entertaining, educational, and inspirational...I can't say enough good things about OPENING THE ROAD. I was hooked from the opening lines - Dawson keeps the pace up, giving us a true feeling for the hardships endured by Black travelers. Her research shines - and the illustrations are brilliantly executed by Alleanna Harris. The back matter provides more information fo This is a fascinating well-written story about an amazing visionary who saw a need and created something of great value. Engaging, entertaining, educational, and inspirational...I can't say enough good things about OPENING THE ROAD. I was hooked from the opening lines - Dawson keeps the pace up, giving us a true feeling for the hardships endured by Black travelers. Her research shines - and the illustrations are brilliantly executed by Alleanna Harris. The back matter provides more information for sparking a child's curiosity - and the timeline is genius...I loved the road format! This is a must-have book for every school library and home bookshelf!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura Gehl

    I knew a little about the Green Book, but Opening the Road provided a lot of information I didn't know, and in an engaging, kid-friendly way. For example, I had not known that Victor Hugo Green got the idea for the Green Book from a similar pamphlet for Jewish people, or that the Green Book started just in NY and grew from there. The illustrations really add to the informative text. One illustration showing Black children looking at a playground where they are not welcome will particularly hit h I knew a little about the Green Book, but Opening the Road provided a lot of information I didn't know, and in an engaging, kid-friendly way. For example, I had not known that Victor Hugo Green got the idea for the Green Book from a similar pamphlet for Jewish people, or that the Green Book started just in NY and grew from there. The illustrations really add to the informative text. One illustration showing Black children looking at a playground where they are not welcome will particularly hit home for children reading the book. Opening the Road also includes back matter with additional information and a timeline. I highly recommend this book for families and classrooms alike.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Metcalf

    This is a wonderful addition to the canon of nonfiction Civil Rights books for kids. Victor Hugo Green's creation of the Green Book not only helped keep Black travelers safe, it helped steer them to places where they could find joy. Between Keila Dawson's straightforward text and Alleanna Harris' vibrant illustrations, this book will open young readers' eyes to past challenges and connect them to the present-day injustices driving the Black Lives Matter movement. A wonderful author's note and il This is a wonderful addition to the canon of nonfiction Civil Rights books for kids. Victor Hugo Green's creation of the Green Book not only helped keep Black travelers safe, it helped steer them to places where they could find joy. Between Keila Dawson's straightforward text and Alleanna Harris' vibrant illustrations, this book will open young readers' eyes to past challenges and connect them to the present-day injustices driving the Black Lives Matter movement. A wonderful author's note and illustrated timeline complete the package. Educators could extend the lesson by looking up the original Green Book — digitized online — to discover local listings. A must for classrooms and libraries.

  26. 5 out of 5

    J Bates

    Keila Dawson presents a difficult topic in a straightforward, honest, yet engaging way. OPENING THE ROAD, well-written and well-researched, gives us a glimpse into a history very often untold. The vulnerability of Black travelers is told through the well-executed text but also through the illustrations. In particular, the illustration of a car on a dark, empty highway helps us to feel the loneliness and even fear that must have been ever present at the time. This book points out the inequities a Keila Dawson presents a difficult topic in a straightforward, honest, yet engaging way. OPENING THE ROAD, well-written and well-researched, gives us a glimpse into a history very often untold. The vulnerability of Black travelers is told through the well-executed text but also through the illustrations. In particular, the illustration of a car on a dark, empty highway helps us to feel the loneliness and even fear that must have been ever present at the time. This book points out the inequities and injustices faced by Black people, but we all get to rejoice as we read about Victor’s Green Book and how it helped to open up the road.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti Call

    This book is both engaging and informative. Brilliant words pair with lovely illustrations to make a book that evokes discussion, fights racism, and teaches our children about our history. The backmatter gives more information for the curious reader. This book should be on every classroom, library and home shelf. It's a powerful reminder of how one person can make a difference in the world! This book is both engaging and informative. Brilliant words pair with lovely illustrations to make a book that evokes discussion, fights racism, and teaches our children about our history. The backmatter gives more information for the curious reader. This book should be on every classroom, library and home shelf. It's a powerful reminder of how one person can make a difference in the world!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Such an important story that deserves to be in hands and on shelves everywhere! Victor Hugo Green opened the road and Keila Dawson and Alleanna Harris open our eyes to a relatively unknown piece of history. Well done!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Emerick

    𝑰 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒆𝒏𝒋𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔. 𝑾𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒔𝒆𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒈𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒎𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒛𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒔 𝑰'𝒅 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆. 𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒅𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒍 𝒕𝒐 𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒕 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒔𝒐 𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒕𝒔, 𝒉𝒐𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒔, 𝒆𝒕𝒄 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒕𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚? 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒑𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒍𝒆𝒆𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒃𝒂𝒈𝒔. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒂 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒔𝒂𝒇𝒆 𝒍𝒐𝒄𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒘𝒐𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒇𝒖𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒑𝒊𝒄𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌! It also includes a timeline of events at the end, as well as similar "green books" used today! :) 𝑰 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒆𝒏𝒋𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔. 𝑾𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒔𝒆𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒈𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒎𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒛𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒔 𝑰'𝒅 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆. 𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒅𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒍 𝒕𝒐 𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒕 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒔𝒐 𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒕𝒔, 𝒉𝒐𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒔, 𝒆𝒕𝒄 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒕𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚? 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒑𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒍𝒆𝒆𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒃𝒂𝒈𝒔. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒂 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒔𝒂𝒇𝒆 𝒍𝒐𝒄𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒘𝒐𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒇𝒖𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒑𝒊𝒄𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌! It also includes a timeline of events at the end, as well as similar "green books" used today! :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen

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