Heroes and Heroines are Problem Solvers!
Heroines and heroes see a big need in the world and find a way to help solve the problem - just ordinary people working to make the world a little bit better!
Victor Hugo Green was just such a hero. For thirty years, the Green Book - originally just a small pamphlet - was published and available at Esso Gas Stations for black families traveling by car around the country. The guide was designed to help them navigate Jim Crow and sundown towns, as well as give them directions to the safest, most welcoming restaurants and inns along the way.
Making It Real
Are you going on a vacation or day-trip by car in the near future? Ask you child to help you map out the trip! GPS is awesome, but atlases and paper maps give us a larger geographical picture of our travels which is a huge boost to a child's spatial development! Check out an atlas from your library, pick up a free map from your state's DMV or buy one online and read Teaching Map Skills for Kids by Planning a Trip to get the general idea of how to help you kiddo plan the trip.
You can also plan pretend trips online at the New York Public Library's Navigating the Green Book - it's interesting to see the different routes recommended from 1947 to 1956.
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