Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of John Lewis; Jabari Asim
(Illustrated by E.B. Lewis) - Nancy Paulson Books - 2016
Civil Rights Leader and activist, and Congressman John Lewis, grew up on a farm in Georgia where he attended church with his family regularly. On the farm John's job, as a young boy, was caring for the chickens: 60 Rhode Island Reds. Everyday he rose early to feed them and add fresh straw to their nests. He also talked to the chickens and he also practiced peaching his bible verses like "Blessed are the peacemakers,' while the chickens fought over their morning meal.
When others came to the farm and wanted to barter baking goods for a few chickens, John convinced his parents to trade seeds and eggs instead. He was very protective of his chickens. He even baptized them and when he preached some would often cluck back at him. His siblings soon referred to John as : "the preacher"
This was a lovely and inspiring story about hard work, faith and caring for all living things. The watercolor illustrations were so well done and the message of empathy: speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves shows the compassion and spirit of one young boy.
Highly recommended - 5 stars
I'm looking forward tp reading more about John Lewis in the new adult biography released this week:
His Truth is Marching on: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by historian, Jon Meacham