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Ruth and the Green Book
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By Calvin Alexander RamseyGwen Strauss
Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
©2010
Carolrhoda Books

Series: Carolrhoda Picture Books

ISBN-10: 0-7613-5255-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-5255-6

Pages: 32
Trim Size: 9 1/4 x 11
Dewey: [E]
Reading Level: 3

Interest Level: 2-5
Ages: 7-11

ATOS Quiz #: 138160
ATOS AR Points: 0.50
ATOS: 4.60
Guided Reading: R
Lexile Level: 810
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About the Author
Calvin Alexander Ramsey, Atlanta-based playwright, photographer, and folk art painter, grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and Roxboro, North Carolina. In addition to having been a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard, Calvin has a passion for travel and has lived in New York City; Santa Monica, California; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix and St. John.

He is a former Advisory Board Member of the Robert Woodruff Library Special Collections at Emory University in Atlanta. He is also a recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award.

His plays have been performed in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; San Francisco; Valdez, Alaska; Omaha, Nebraska; Baltimore; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

His plays include Bricktop, The Musical; The Green Book; Damaged Virtues; Canada Lee; Sherman Town, Baseball, Apple Pie and The Klan; Enlightenment; Sister Soldiers; Kentucky Avenue; Somewhere In My Lifetime; Johnny Mercer: A Man and His Music, a musical tribute to the author of Moon River and others; and The Age of Possibilities. His children's books are The Last Mule of Gee's Bend and Ruth and the Green Book.

He is the father of three children, all of whom are writers.
About the Illustrator
Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award in honor of his illustrations for The Blacker the Berry. He has illustrated numerous books, including Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Ramsey (Carolrhoda, 2010) which won the Independent Publisher Book Gold Medal Award and the SSLI Best Book Award. He also illustrated Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio by Rob Skead (Carolrhoda, 2013) winner of the Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices award.

Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma. In 1984 he moved to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books and now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two sons.
ALA Notable Children's Books
Bluestem Award
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children
Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award
Independent Publisher Book Award
Jane Addams Children's Book Award
Jefferson Cup Award
Sequoyah Book Award
Skipping Stones Book Award
SSLI Book Award
Texas Bluebonnet Award
Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children's Literature
School Library Journal
"The realistic illustrations are done in oil wash on board, a self-described 'subtractive process.' The picture is painted, then erased to 'paint' the final product. Overall, there is a sepialike quality to the art, giving the impression of gazing at old color photos. This is an important addition to picture book collections, useful as a discussion-starter on Civil Rights or as a stand-alone story." --School Library Journal
The Horn Book Guide
"Ramsey fashions a well-told historical narrative, supported by Cooper's expressive paintings." --The Horn Book Guide
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Cooper's soft, stippled illustrations capture both the pathos of the bigotry and the warmth of the support the family encounters, and a substantial closing note on the Green Book itself invites the audience to explore it further online. This will be a fascinating addition to any civil rights picture-book collection." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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