Uncle Jed's Barber Shop

Uncle Jed's Barber Shop


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Sarah Jean’s Uncle Jed was the only black barber in the county. He had a kind heart and a warm smile. And he had a dream.

Everyone has a favorite relative. For Sarah Jean, it was her Uncle Jed.

Living in the segregated South of the 1920s, where most people were sharecroppers, Uncle Jed had to travel all over the county to cut his customers’ hair. He lived for the day when he could open his very own barbershop. But it was a long time, and many setbacks—from five-year-old Sarah Jean’s emergency operation to the bank failures of the Great Depression—before the joyful day when Uncle Jed opened his shiny new shop and twirled a now grown-up Sarah Jean around in the barber chair.

With James E. Ransome’s richly colored paintings brimming with life, this is a stirring story of dreams long deferred and finally realized.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671769697
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 08/28/1993
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 280,245
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

James E. Ransome’s highly acclaimed illustrations for Before She Was Harriet received the 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. His other award-winning titles include the Coretta Scott King winner The Creation; Coretta Scott King Honor Book Uncle Jed’s Barbershop; Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt; and Let My People Go, winner of the NAACP Image Award. He frequently collaborates with his wife, author Lesa Cline-Ransome. One of their recent titles is Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams, which received four starred reviews and was an ALA Notable Children’s Book. James is a professor and coordinator of the MFA Illustration Graduate Program at Syracuse University. He lives in New York’s Hudson River Valley region with his family. Visit James at JamesRansome.com.

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Uncle Jed's Barber Shop 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Christina-Burns87 More than 1 year ago
When I first looked at the cover of this book, I thought it was just going to be about a girl, her uncle, and his barbershop. When I read the story it was so much more, it was about hardship, perseverance, dreams, segregation, the great depression, and family. This would be great for children of all ages, elementary students can learn about the different topics within this book. Even though this story is fiction, it still realistic. No matter your race/ethnicity there is a message to realize.
ReplayGuy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book which is set in the south during segregation and the Great Depression. It involves a man who saves up for a barbershop but due to circumstances has to delay his dream. Many lessons can be found here including never giving up on your dreams and how to face obstacles such as racism. Students can also catch a glimpse of how things were during this racially charged time in America.
CamilaDeVeau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Uncle Jed¿s Barbershop is set in the segregated south before and during the Great Depression. Sara Jean, the narrator, is a young African American girl whose uncle Jed is a barber with big dreams of owning his own barbershop. He speaks often of this dream and how he is saving up to make it come true. Sara Jean gets sick and needs an operation that her parents can¿t afford, Uncle Jed helps them pay for it ¿ setting him back in his dream of owning a barbershop. Uncle Jed just starts over in his savings. Then the stock marked crashes and Uncle Jed looses three thousand dollars in the banks. He doesn¿t give up, he simply starts over again helping his friends and neighbors providing them with haircuts and shaves whether or not they can pay him. Finally, when he is seventy-nine, Uncle Jed opens the barber shop that no one believed he could. Teaching Implications: This story has many lessons that could stem from it. The first is the theme of never giving up. Uncle Jed faces many obstacles but he never gives up or gets upset. He continues to start over and help those around him in any way that he can. The story is set in the segregated south and briefly describes some of the struggles that the African Americans faced during that time. This book could be used to introduce segregation and the effects of it on African American people. The story is also set during the time of the stock marked crash and the great depression. The effect of the great depression is not often depicted through the eyes of African Americans. This story could help the understanding of the Great Depression be more well rounded in understanding it from many people¿s points of views.
mlsweatman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Uncle Jed's Barbershop was the book that i chose for my first read aloud at Holt Elementary. This book made the children ask tons of questions about the book and I could really tell they were interested in the book and the concepts im trying to teach. This book tells a story of a child growing up and her uncle always being there for her and her uncle finally opens his barbershop at age 79.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Pursuing Your Passion. Jedediah Johnson's tenacity will encourage readers to pursue their passion and career goal regardless of the setbacks and obstacles. The color illustrations enhanced the enjoyment of the storyline. Each illustration offers great detail and beauty. As the storyline unfolds we, the readers, receive some insight to past history about what occurred in the U.S.A. during 1929 and the years following 1929. *Inspirational. *Educational. *Informative. *Encouraging storyline.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first read this book way back in elementary school I loved it and still do I am a college sophomore now, the first day I got this book I met Margaree King Mitchell and she was so nice, she had come to our school to have a book signing and she wrote 'Never give up on your dreams'. I'm following that dream by going to college.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not many children's literture books are set during the Depression, but this book is. Not only does it provide important historical information, but the dedication of Uncle Jed and his pursuit of a lifelong dream is depicted. This is a wonderful book; I highly recommend it.