Uncle Jed's Barbershop - Book

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Study Uncle Jed's Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell with our study guide and lesson plans!

Coretta Scott King Honor Book 1994, ALA Notable Children's Books, Horn Book Fanfare, CBC/NCSS Notable Children's Book in Social Studies, ILA Children's Book Award Honor, Reading Rainbow book

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Uncle Jedediah is Sarah Jean's favorite relative. He visits once a week to cut her daddy's and granddaddy's hair, and pretends to cut Sarah's hair, putting good smelling lotion on the back of her neck. Uncle Jed has a dream that he shares with Sarah - Uncle Jed wants to open his own barbershop. Living in the South in the 1920s, this dream is regarded as impossible by his friends and relatives. Poor sharecroppers don't open their own businesses. Despite setbacks - from little Sarah's sickness, which only an expensive operation can cure, to the banks failing in the Great Depression just when he'd saved enough money - Uncle Jed never gives up.

His admirable character and hard work to achieve his dream can inspire all of us to dream a dream - and then to work for it.


Book Author:
Margaree King Mitchell
Illustrated By:
James Ransome
American South, 1930s-1960s
Lexile Level:
AD640L (Adult Directed)
Recommended Ages:
4-7 years
Page Count:
32 pages