These Hands

by Margaret H. Mason and Floyd Cooper

In this tender portrait of a grandfather and grandson's relationship, Joseph learns from his grandfather that people joined hands to fight against racism and discrimination so that his hands, and hands the same color as his, could do anything at all in this whole wide world


Margaret H. Mason combines little-known labor history with the Civil Rights movements in this quiet intergenerational story about fighting for equality and how it shapes the future for everyone, including people we love and care about. 

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547215662
  • ISBN-10: 0547215665
  • Pages: 32
  • Publication Date: 03/07/2011
  • Carton Quantity: 48

About the book

Joseph’s grandpa could do almost anything with his hands. He could play the piano, throw a curveball, and tie a triple bowline knot in three seconds flat. But in the 1950s and 60s, he could not bake bread at the Wonder Bread factory. Factory bosses said white people would not want to eat bread touched by the hands of the African Americans who worked there.

In this powerful intergenerational story, Joseph learns that people joined their hands together to fight discrimination so that one day, their hands—Joseph’s hands—could do anything at all in this whole wide world.

About the author
Margaret H. Mason

Margaret H. Mason lives in Ferndale, Michigan. She learned about the Detroit Wonder Bread factory's discriminatory policies in the 50's and 60's from an old friend and Bakers Union stalwart whose voice still trembled 30 years later when he talked about the humiliation he and his co-workers endured in the past.

Floyd Cooper

The illustrator of more than sixty children’s books, Floyd Cooper is a past recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and a four-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family. Visit his website at


Floyd Cooper is a four-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor.

"For all the many titles that appear on segregation and protest for younger readers, this one stands tall not just for delving into a piece of labor history not previously covered, but for its ability to relate history with heart and resonance."—Kirkus, starred review

". . . stirring pictures celebrate the historic civil rights and union protests that brought attention to the issue . . . The story’s roots in rarely told history will widen the audience for this moving title to older readers, too."—Booklist

"It's a moving study of multigenerational relationships and triumph over discrimination."—Publishers Weekly