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These Hands

These Hands - Margaret H. Mason, Floyd Cooper Joseph’s grandpa tells the young grandson all the things his hands used to be able to do when he was younger, including tying shoes and playing the piano and shuffling cards and throwing a baseball. Then the grandpa shares with Joseph the story of how black hands were not allowed to handle bread dough in the bread factory when the grandpa was a young man. Grandpa tells how the hands were used to write petitions and work together to change things for black people.Beautiful, touching pictures, almost like photographs.“Look at these hands, Joseph.Did you know these hands used to pluck the ace of spades right out of thin air?Well, I can still teach a young fellow how to do a waterfall shuffle---yes, I can.”