Note from Elena Reads: Yesterday I reviewed The Colored Car and today guest blogger Christian S., age 12, gives her thoughts on the same book. The woman in the picture above holding the book is the author. Here is Christian’s review:
The Colored Car, by Jean Alicia Elster, is a book based in the 1930’s that shows us a glimpse of what life was like for an African-American young lady, named Patsy Ford.
It shows not only the daily struggles of living in those times, but it also shows what a first encounter of blatant discrimination looks and feels like. Patsy must overcome the oppression and harsh reality of America.
This book was given to me by one of my favorite teachers who happened to be a reading teacher. This book really connected with me and gave me a deeper perspective of what my grandparents had to go through to get where they are and to create a better future for not only myself, but for others in the colored community. This book is historical fiction.
I really have nothing bad to say about this book not only did it have an amazing plot line, but it had so many examples of great American literature from the imagery to the metaphors to the detail poured into the pages. The clear message I received from the book is that there will be many bumps in everyone’s life, but we have to learn to cope to overcome to those bumps.
I would recommend this book for colored kids around the age of 9-10 years who would like to get more in touch with true American history, and people who are just looking for a great book to read.
I give this book 4 out of 4 roses because it subtly teaches life fundamentals that aren’t often taught in a classroom.