Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend

By Calvin Alexander Ramsey, Bettye Stroud
Illustrated by John Holyfield

“This small snapshot of the protest movement pays homage to both the determination of ordinary folk and the power of Dr. King’s words. . . . An intergenerational story filled with heart and soul.” — Kirkus Reviews

When Alex spies a mule chomping on greens in a nearby garden, he can’t help but ask about it. “Ol’ Belle?” says Miz Pettway. “She can have all the collards she wants. She’s earned it.” And so begins the tale of an ordinary mule in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, that played a singular part in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. When African-Americans in a poor community — inspired by a visit from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — defied local authorities who were trying to stop them from registering to vote, many got around a long, imposed detour on mule-drawn wagons. As Alex looks into the eyes of gentle Belle, he begins to understand a significant time in history in a very personal way.

  • Based on real events in Gee's Bend, Alabama, in the 1960s.
  • The fictionalized account of the mule, Belle, will help today's young readers connect with a story that took place over forty years ago.
  • Prominent and well-respected African-American creators.

About the author

Calvin Alexander Ramsey is a playwright, photographer, and painter. He adapted one of his plays for print as Ruth and the Green Book, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Calvin Alexander Ramsey lives in Atlanta. Bettye Stroud is the author of several books for children, including The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom, illustrated by Erin Susanne Bennett. Bettye Stroud lives in Georgia.

About the illustrator

John Holyfield has illustrated several books for children, including The Hallelujah Flight by Phil Bildner. John Holyfield lives in Virginia.

ISBN: 9780763687694
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: February 1, 2016
Dimensions: 250 x 259mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $12.99
New Zealand RRP: $14.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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