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Word Up Story Time: “Grandpa Stops a War” by Susan Robeson

Susan Robeson—granddaughter of Paul Robeson—recollects the bravery and activism of her grandfather in her debut children’s picture book, “Grandpa Stops a War,” based on the true story of Paul Robeson’s visit to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War. Ideal for ages 5–9.

When Susan was a child, her father and grandfather told her family stories over and over. Grandpa Paul was a great man, a singer with a deep and rumbling voice, a man of peace and principle who worried about the safety of the children and families living in countries at war. His songs were always full of emotion, and evoking the African-American spirituals of his own father’s childhood, he was able to communicate even with people who didn’t speak the same language. Though it was dangerous, Robeson went to Spain and traveled to the front lines of the war (in a Buick!). There, he asked the soldiers to set up speakers facing the fighters on both sides of the battlefield. And then he sang….

With gorgeous illustrations from the fine artist Rod Brown, Grandpa Stops A War celebrates the activism and achievements of the great Paul Robeson, and shows readers the power of art in times of discord and war.

Books will be available for sale at the event, and can be purchased in advance at https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781609808822.

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