Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud and illustrated by John Holyfield is not a book for toddlers.
This is a read more suited for children (aged seven to twelve) who are interested in the civil rights movement or even just in a good story.
Gee's Bend is a small town in Alabama. This town was the site of a Martin Luther King speech urging the townspeople to register to vote. When they took the ferry to the nearby town to register, it enraged the white residents who then closed the ferry. The ferry would not reopen for forty-four years.
This story is not about the now-famous quilts of Gee's Bend. Rather it is about the strength of the people who, having little in the way of wealth, had a great wealth of spirit and when the ferry was closed, took their mules and drove the extra hour to get to register to vote.
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