Uncle Jed's Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell
Illustrated by James Ransome
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Dreams are a wonderful thing to have! Uncle Jed had a dream. A dream to open a barbershop. But first Sarah Jean got sick, and Daddy and Mama needed money for her operation. Uncle Jed gave them what they needed, but he had to start saving all over for his barbershop.
Then the banks failed, and Uncle Jed lost three thousand dollars. It was the Great Depression.
Uncle Jed was persistent. He never gave up on his dream...he finally got that barbershop.
1. Everyone has their favorite relative. Who is your favorite relative? Why is that person your favorite? Give specific examples. Tell about one or more special times with that relative.
2. Do you have a dream that you plan to stick with? Describe this dream as specifically as Uncle Jed described his barbershop. What do you have to do to accomplish this dream? What obstacles might you face?
3. Uncle Jed taught Sarah Jean several important lessons. What were they? How did he teach her? Have you learned any important lessons from a relative? What lessons? Who was the relative? How did that relative teach you?