Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire
Written by Dr. Artika Tyner and Jacklyn Milton
Illustrated by Jeremy Norton and Janos Orban
Book Review by Dr. Melissa-Sue John
In a world infatuated with technology, selfies, viral videos, and fame seeking, our society seemed to have lost its compassion, selflessness, and altruism. It seems our society is more concerned with wealth and fashion than morals, equality, and justice. But children need stories that provide a foundation for who they are or ought to be. We need to invest in our children and foster an appreciation for knowledge, progress, and aspirations. In providing this foundation, children will have self esteem to be able to stand up for what they believe and avoid bullying. Children’s book, Justice Makes a Difference, does that and so much more.
It tells a powerful story of Justice, an 8 year old girl, who has a strong, impenetrable relationship with her Grandma. Justice has doubts about her abilities as a young child but is encouraged by the admiration she has for her Grandmother and the encouragement fostered by her Grandmother. Justice sees her as Grandmother as a positive role model in the way she lives out her faith by feeding the hungry, clothing those without, providing shelter for the homeless and visiting the sick. Her grandmother demonstrates compassion and selflessness, traits that are greatly lacking in today’s culture.
This positive imagery motivates Justice to find her own way to make a difference in the world. To begin, her grandmother fuels her with knowledge giving her books on historical icons such as Ida B. Wells, Paul Robeson, Dr. Wangari Maathai, and others.
I loved this book for the strength of its content. It possessed
Although very interesting, engaging, and informative, it was lengthy. Due to the volume of text, I recommend this book for children with longer attention spans and higher reading levels such as 8 to 12 years. Children must be at the age where they are able to understand and discuss social issues such as civil rights, equality, and equity.