From African-Americans and racial prejudice
to Polish mine workers in Pennsylvania (in Up The Hill)
to the physically handicappedto colonial Mennonites (in Skippack School)
to nineteenth-century Quakers supporting the underground railroad---all became unforgettable characters, in unforgettable settings, in her hands.She conducted thorough research for all her work (in photo above she's sketching on-site), and her books give the reader an accurate and convincing portrayal of whatever culture she was depicting. The subject matters she dealt with (such as racial prejudice) were daring and controversial for her time. Times have changed, and today her work might seem overly sweet and gentle. But her storytelling is still powerful, her illustrations are still full of warmth and humanity, and her message of universal tolerance and equality is still necessary. She's worth reading!