#RWYK Great Read #Review –  Carver Park by Dr. Lynda Jones Mubarak

5 stars

Hey everyone!

It’s Friday! And it’s time to enjoy the weekend, to spread love and to share a wonderful book with you all to read with your kids. We’re excited to be back with another wonderful book that is both entertaining and educational for you and your family. That book is none other than our brand NEW Reading With Your Kids Certified Great Read “Carver Park” written by Dr. Lynda Jones Mubarak!

CARVER PARK by Dr. Lynda J. Mubarak is one’s child’s view of the world in the 1950s in Waco, TX. CARVER PARK. We LOVED all the childhood stories Dr. Mubarak has shared in this book from her childhood days and we hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we did!

 

Let’s look at the Book Blurb

Carver Park by Dr. Lynda Jones Mubarak, Illustrated by The Eminence System

Carver Park by Lynda Jones Mubarak

 

It would seem that growing up in segregated Waco, Texas in the 1950s would be filled with challenges and disappointments for any African-American child, but one little girl learned everything possible about the world beyond segregation due to the influences of her family, friends, neighbors, and teachers. Carver Park gives us a view into the life of one child who found that regardless of society’s circumstances, the persons in our lives provide us with the knowledge and support needed to learn, survive and progress during a time of great social unrest and historical change. Little Lynda Jones didn’t miss a thing!

You can grab a copy of Carver Park by visiting the following websites:

Links:    Amazon    Barnes & Noble

 

P.S. A percentage of Dr. Lynda Mubarak’s book sold is donated to her partner, The Community Food Bank of Ft. Worth. Help spread community service!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Lynda MubarakDr. Lynda Jones Mubarak is a retired special education teacher, facilitator, and adult ESL adjunct who read constantly as a child. Dr. Lynda is an advocate for early literacy. She loves to create stories for young children with an emphasis on community service, global empathy, and human compassion.

She is a graduate of  Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, Nova SE University and she is a veteran.

Dr. Lynda is a co-host of The Author’s Lounge Radio Show. She enjoys crossword puzzles, live theater, and traveling with her husband, Kairi, and their rescue dogs, Ebony Joyce and Shorty Junior. Dr. Lynda’s favorite charity is The Community Food Bank of Ft. Worth, TX.

 

Visit www.lyndamubarak.com to learn more about Dr. Lynda Mubarak Jones and her books

 

Our Review

“What a great teaching tool and a perfect book to start a conversation with your kids about the civil rights movement!”

 

No doubt experiencing childhood in isolated Waco, Texas in the 1950s would be loaded up with difficulties and dissatisfactions for any African-American youngster, yet one little girl got the hang of everything possible about the world beyond segregation because of the impacts of her family, friends, neighbors, and educators. In the 1950s Waco, Texas was a segregated city known for its strict racial practices. Carver Park, written by Lynda Mubarak is a first-person narrative that gives us the sneak peek into the life in the segregated south and shows the injustices of segregation through a kid’s viewpoint.

In this gorgeous autobiographical picture book, Lynda writes about her childhood days as an ordinary girl and shares many historical events which were personally witnessed by her family. She describes how she overcame the hardships and prejudices of her early life with the support of her lovely parents to become what she is today. Despite not having an access to the Public Library, Lynda learned everything about the world from her parents, her teachers, through movies and Television shows.

What we really LOVE about this book is that despite being deprived of equal rights, Lynda’s parents provide her with the knowledge and support she needed to learn, survive and progress even during such a difficult time period. They always exhibited kindness and always spoke about the importance of education. Vivid, dramatic illustrations are perfect for the subject.

We are sure this book will help young readers to understand the widespread and legal segregation and discrimination practices of the time, and also bring to life the heroism of those who fought to change the system. Personal stories are often the most effective in helping children see how discriminatory society was and how dangerous it was to fight the system. Children today often find the stories hard to believe given how far we’ve come. This book will help kids understands the struggles of African –Americans living during a time of great social unrest and historical change.

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This book includes portions with far more detail than a picture book but has shorter passages perfect for reading by younger ages. The combination is great for providing just right information and leading to asking more questions, and searching out more answers. Includes many, many photographs that help illustrate so well what life was like for Lynda in those early years. Very interesting story from her perspective and an important piece of history.

Final Verdict

Highly recommended to kids of all ages who are not aware of the struggles of Black people in the country!

Carver Park

Congratulations to Dr. Lynda Jones Mubarak for winning the RWYK Certified Great Read StatusClapping Hands on Apple iOS 11.2Clapping Hands on Apple iOS 11.2Clapping Hands on Apple iOS 11.2

 

*We received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

In case if you missed, be sure to read the review of Maxine’s New Job, our very first read from Dr. Mubarak which was awarded as the RWYK Certified Great Read!

Maxine’s New Job: #RWYK Great Read Certified

 

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