I loved all the Marguerite De Angeli books, but I especially treasured Bright April. As a young girl in a traditional middle class suburb with few if any non-caucasian families, Bright April told me what it would be like to live in a city and not be "traditional." It also spoke so well of being a Girl Scout, which I was when I read it. I actually bought the book from a Girl Scout counter at Kaufmann's Department Store in Pittsburgh. Reaching out and caring, being concerned about being different, how friends and adults can help -- there are so many things to learn in reading this book about an African-American family in post-World War II Philadelphia.. Her illustrations as well as magnificent. Do read this book, as an adult or a young woman or man.
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