Two Friends

  • Title: Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas
  • Author: Dean Robbins
  • Illustrator: Sean Qualls & Selina Alko
  • Publisher: Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
  • Publication year: 2016
  • Brief Summary: From Scholastic-“Some people had rights, while others had none. Why shouldn’t they have them, too? Two friends, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans. The premise of this particular exchange between the two is based on a statue in their hometown of Rochester, New York, which shows the two friends having tea”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I think this book could be used in a history class while students are learning about both of these historical figures. While of course this picture books takes some creative license in thinking of what the two might have discussed (see the author’s note), it is interesting to know (because I did not) that they met each other.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – I did like the sort of patchwork quality of the illustrations that have bits of newspaper and words intermingled within the illustrations and in the backgrounds.

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