The Wedding Portrait

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This book begins with a unique picture: a bride and groom kneeling and kissing in front of a bunch of men who appear to be dressed in riot gear. Before telling the story behind his wedding photo, the author discusses why it’s important to break a rule when the rule is wrong. He tells the stories of activists around the world who fought for equal rights, for equal pay, for freedom, against oil drilling on native lands, and for removing the Confederate flag. He highlights and explains words such as “blockade” and “boycott” and “civil disobedience.” Then he tells the story of how he and his wife protested against nuclear weapons on their wedding day.

This book is a good introduction to activism for kids. The art style is beautiful. I like that the author doesn’t just focus on America and includes struggles in other countries. The discussion about nuclear weapons is handled in a careful way, but it may still be scary for some children to read. In the epilogue, the author mentions many ways that people can make a difference. I like that he emphasizes working together, so kids don’t feel burdened to fix the problems of the world alone. I’ll definitely read more books by this author.

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Author Innosanto Nagara
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 36 pages
Publisher Triangle Square
Publish Date 2017-Oct-10
ISBN 9781609808020
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Issue April 2018
Category Children's


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