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The swimming pool

Author: Alice Cobb
Publisher: New York, Friendship Press [1957]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A story of social action and interaction in a mixed community carries the conviction of things as they are seen, heard and felt by Preston, a Negro boy and a Protestant, Benjy, his Jewish friend, and Angelo, a new boy whose Italian-Catholic parents are against his having anything to do with folk of another religion. The spark that gets them off is Benjy's and Preston's wish for a pool in which they can swim  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Juvenile works
Fiction
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Cobb
OCLC Number: 299381
Awards: Nancy Bloch Award for Inntercultural Understanding.
Description: 127 pages illustrations 20 cm
Responsibility: by Alice Cobb.

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A story of social action and interaction in a mixed community carries the conviction of things as they are seen, heard and felt by Preston, a Negro boy and a Protestant, Benjy, his Jewish friend, and Angelo, a new boy whose Italian-Catholic parents are against his having anything to do with folk of another religion. The spark that gets them off is Benjy's and Preston's wish for a pool in which they can swim together, for Negroes have a separate hour at the big town pool. To make it come true they form a club with the help of Preston's pastor, Mr. Huntington, but hit snags when Benjy's father objects to the Italians and when Angelo's father objects to meetings in the church. Yet when a very real need for aid arises, as it so often does in life, the boys act to break down prejudice barriers and bring their town together for a future that envisions not only the pool but a cleaner, happier community.

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