Little Rock Girl 1957
Nine African American students made history when they defied a governor and integrated an Arkansas high school in 1957. It was the photo of one of the nine trying to enter the school a young girl being taunted, harassed and threatened by an angry mob that grabbed the worlds attention and kept its disapproving gaze on Little Rock, Arkansas. In defiance of a federal court order, Governor Orval Faubus called in the National Guard to prevent the students from entering all white Central High School. The plan had been for the students to meet and go to school as a group on September 4, 1957. But one student, Elizabeth didn't, didnt hear of the plan and tried to enter the school alone. A chilling photo by newspaper photographer Will Counts captured the sneering expression of a girl in the mob and made history. Years later Counts snapped another photo, this one of the same two girls, now grownup, reconciling in front of Central High School.

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  • Sps
    Dec 31, 1969


    Well done and poignant, but perhaps not outstanding. You meet the two main subjects of the photo and the photographer, and get a nuanced and lively context for their ongoing lives as well as Little Rock, segregation, the Civil Rights movement. Its facts are careful and its text smooth ...

  • Nancy Kotkin
    Dec 31, 1969

    Nancy Kotkin

    Nonfiction children's book about The Little Rock Nine and the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in the late 1950s. While the famous photograph of Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan is discussed, the book goes into much more biographical information of all the L...

  • Brittany Becker
    Dec 31, 1969

    Brittany Becker

    Summary:"Little Rock Girl" tells the story of the nine African-Americans, known as the "Little Rock Nine," who attended an all white high school. Elizabeth Eckford is the most known Little Rock Nine. She showed up at the school alone, while the other eight students came together. She d...

  • Alicia
    Dec 31, 1969


    A brief but specific look at the photo that was seen around the world in 1957. Elizabeth Eckford hadn't gotten the message that everyone was meeting at someone's house on their first day of integrating Little Rock Central High School, so she calmly walked to the bus stop behind tinted ...

  • Karen Arendt
    Dec 31, 1969

    Karen Arendt

    After reading Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine, I had to read The Little Rock Girl 1957. The book is not too long and included captioned photographs on every page of the events during the conflict. The book also includes information about the current lives of the Little Rock 9 as...

  • Robert Carraher
    Dec 31, 1969

    Robert Carraher

    This review is a first for The Dirty Lowdown, which is befitting since the subject of this book was also a first, although infinitely more courageous and important. This book, Little Rock Girl 1957, meant for readers ages eight through about fourteen. That makes this the first “JU...

  • Becky Cross
    Dec 31, 1969

    Becky Cross

    This is the informational text part of the paired text review. Little Rock Girl 1957 digs into the story behind and beyond the chilling photo by Will Counts that captures a white high school girl, Hazel, yelling at African American high schooler Elizabeth as she tries to start high sch...

  • Charly Carbray
    Dec 31, 1969

    Charly Carbray

    I only gave this book a few stars, because the story itself, to me, could have been told in a much more impactful way. I think that this photograph truly did change the fight for integration, and gave a face to the children who were suffering. I also really like this book as an added p...

  • An Abundance of Books
    Dec 31, 1969

    An Abundance of Books

    Featured at An Abundance of BooksI knew that Elizabeth Eckford never got the news that all of the students were to meet at Daisy Bates' house (head of the state's chapter of the NAACP) so that they could all walk to school together. I'm sure we've all seen the photo of the white mob wi...

  • Maxine
    Dec 31, 1969


    On September 4, 1957, nine black students were to meet at the home of Daisy Bates, the local head of the NAACP and then, together with a police escort, they were to head to Little Rock's Central High School in an attempt to integrate the school. Unfortunately,Elizabeth Eckhorn's parent...