There was a time when all women and all African Americans had two things in common neither group had rights and both groups had someone working hard to get them the rights they deserved according to the US Constitution.In this meeting of suffragette Susan B Anthony and former slave, abolitionist, and newspaper editor Frederick Douglass at her home in Rochester, NY, author Dean Robbins imagines what the two pioneers in the fight for equal rights might have talked about when they sat down for afternoon tea one cold snowy winter s day The two were already friends with much in common both defying society s expectations of them she wears bloomers, he wears the clothes of a gentleman and both just wanting the right to be free, and the right to vote As Robbins points out, some people agreed with their ideas, but some people didn t As the afternoon wears on, the two friends talk and the reader begins to understand what the lives of women and African Americans was like in the 19th century, as well as how and why Anthony and Douglass were trying to change things Both fighters had taught themselves how to give speeches, and throughout the book, there are steams of their own words from those speeches surrounding them At the end of the afternoon, the two friends promised to help each other so one day all people could have rights Robbins text is simply, but to the point It shouldn t be forgotten that what went on that afternoon is imagined by him, but I am guessing it is pretty close to reality, given how passionate Anthony and Douglass were about their equal rights campaigns.The emotional folk art style illustrations are done with paint, colored pencils and collage in a palette of bright blues, reds and yellows Two Friends is a wonderful read aloud for young kids just beginning to learn American history Be sure to read the Author s Note to learnabout these two fighters for equal rights, and the Bibliography for sources to learnabout these true American heroes Two Friends Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass would pair nicely with Nikki Grimes s picture book Chasing Freedom The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B Anthony, in which she imagines a meeting of these two women for afternoon tea and conversation about their lives And yes, Frederick Douglass does come up in their talks.This book is recommended for readers age 4 , but I think it isappropriate for readers age 6 This book was sent to me by the publisher, Orchard Books, ScholasticThis review was originally posted on Randomly Reading A clever, spare narrative imagines a meeting of the suffragette and former slave and abolitionist, at her home in Rochester, New York Superbly illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls I wish the author had included suggestions for further reading. Some People Had Rights, While Others Had NoneWhy Shouldn T They Have Them, Too Two Friends, Susan B Anthony And Frederick Douglass, Get Together For Tea And Conversation They Recount Their Similar Stories Fighting To Win Rights For Women And African Americans The Premise Of This Particular Exchange Between The Two Is Based On A Statue In Their Hometown Of Rochester, New York, Which Shows The Two Friends Having Tea Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass became friends in Rochester, New York where there is a statue showing them having tea together The story imagines what it might have been like when they met, but it also shares a little of each of their childhoods Susan loved to learn, but was denied that right because she was a woman Frederick was born a slave, and escaped to the north, learning to read and then wonder why he couldn t do what others did As Anthony and Douglas grew to adulthood, both continued to question the denial of their rights, to vote, to do all the things that white men could They never stopped fighting for those rights The illustrations are realistic with bold color, with some background parts showing swirls of words surrounding these two famous people There are parts of the Constitution, parts of the speeches and articles each wrote There is an author s note and a bibliography at the back The book can start many conversations about Anthony and Douglas, what they did, how they fought for the rights we all now have. Text 4 starsIllustrations 4 starsHistorical fiction picture book An imagined meeting of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and suffragette Susan B Anthony who were contemporaries, colleagues, and friends in real life Informative author s note in the back of the book puts the time period in further perspective Bibliography included. It s pretty superficial They did meet, and they should have had plenty to talk about, but this paints a pretty picture of mutual support that impliessignificance and ignores Anthony s rejection of equal rights for Black women lest it harm her cause I m not saying that getting into all of that belongs in a children s book, but the broach the subject and not do it justice is not the answer. This book introduces children to history throughout the whole book It starts off with the friendship between Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass, the 19th century civil rights heros It teaches them about friendships and the causes they fought and spoke for This book also shows how theres leaders in the world that people will remember for forever. So many speeches to give So many articles to write So many minds to change Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass are both vocal advocates for equal rights in their time In Two Friends Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass 2016 by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, Robbins imagines what it must have been like when Anthony and Douglass met at her home to discuss their ideas.Although Two Friends is a fictionalized account, it is based on a very real friendship Douglass and Anthony became friends in the mid 1800s in Rochester, New York Throughout her life Anthony advocated for women s rights including the right to vote Douglass spent his life fighting for African American rights The pair also supported each others causes and often made appearances together.Robbins uses the frame of one of Douglass and Anthony s visits to present a larger picture of their efforts to gain equal rights and fight for their respective causes in Two Friends The story also highlights key points in both of their lives that led to their dedication to speak out for freedom and equality.The text throughout Two Friends is presented in short sentences or very small paragraphs making this a great choice to read aloud The words are also spread out across the page so readers are never faced with daunting chunks of text At the end of the book, Robbins talks slightlyin depth about Anthony and and Douglass in a page long author s not A bibliography is also included along with actual photographs of both Douglass and Anthony.The illustrations by husband and wife team Qualls and Alko are gorgeous and add a nice dimension to the story with some additional text elements added into some of the collages The artwork stays true to Anthony and Douglass likenesses while also maintaining the style that Qualls and Alko developed in their first illustrative collaboration, The Case for Loving Pops of bright color serve as a nice contrast against some of the darker winter backdrops in some of the spreads.It is worth noting that some of the historical context for life as a woman and life a freed slave are simplified For instance the text notes that Susan s mother can t go to college or own a house but it stops short of saying that women were considered property at this point in history Two Friends also states that slaves had to do everything the master said but stops short of explaining that slaves were property and bought and sold by owners Are either of these things something that should feature in a picture book It s hard to say But the absence even in the author s note at the end of the book seems glaring.As with many picture books, Two Friends adopts a certain symmetry between Douglass and Anthony s lives Because of their similar causes, these similarities make sense within the context of the narrative.Two Friends is a solid picture book introduction to Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass as historical figures and can serve as an excellent entry point to non fiction biography titles on both Stunning artwork makes Two Friends even better A great addition to any collection. I was horrified to discover how historically misleading the book is The ending and the afterword suggest that these two major historical figures walked arm in arm into the sunset, working toward their joint goals for the rest of their lives Nothing could be further from the truth It was unfortunate that the only fact checking for the book came from someone at the Susan B Anthony Museum, since it s in their interest to make her look good and to minimize the later conflict between these two figures.In the REAL world, Susan B Anthony s quest for women s rights took her to some very dark places, and she ended up allying herself with others who opposed voting rights for African Americans Her own stated reasons made her seem almost petty and jealous, since women weren t getting rights at the same time The fact was, though, that she actively campaigned against voting rights for African Americans.I don t mind the simplistic happy ending portrayed in the book as much as I mind the afterword, which could have been used to explain the complexities of the real issues, and how sometimes friends can have differences of opinion The story in a picture book isn t structured to permit detailed historical analysis, but if you re going to tell historical fiction, and then present a bibliography and notes, then please don t lie to the little kids Simplify if you must, but don t lie Also, the tea party was portrayed in a way that almost seemed like a romantic Victorian get together, rather than a meeting of equals and social activists That seemed a little weird, especially since there s a famous statue of the same meeting, but without the candlelight and cheesecake.I am disappointed in Orchard Scholastic for publishing the book in this form I can hardly wait for their future book on the lifelong friendship of Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, based on his long ago support of Democrats A wonderful look at two powerful figures in the fights for equal rights accompanied by truly stellar artwork I love everything about this