At the Crossroads

  • Title: At the Crossroads
  • Author: Rachel Isadora
  • Illustrator: Rachel Isadora
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
  • Publication year: 1991
  • Brief Summary: From Amazon-“The children of a South African village eagerly gather at the crossroads to welcome their fathers, who have been away for months working in the mines. The children wait, but the men don’t come. So the children keep waiting. And waiting. They wait all through the night, until the dawn brings both the day and the longed-for loved ones.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I think this book could be used in maybe a social studies class, to show a “slice of life” if you will about an African village.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – Like many of these books, Isadora does not include any references or any sort of explanation of if she spent time in this particular village to learn of a similar situation to this. So again, I think there are other books I have listed here that would work better in a school library.

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