South Carolina: Ron’s Big Mission

This book straggled into the library a month after we’d finished South Carolina, but I had remembered checking it out earlier and REALLY wanting to read it to them.


Ron wants to fly planes and design planes when he grows up.  Every time he goes to the library he spends hours looking at the books about planes.  One day he decides that he wants to check out HIS OWN books, but that’s not allowed.


You see Ron lives in South Carolina in the 1950s and then blacks weren’t allowed to check out library books, he had to get someone else to check them out.


This is the true story of how he stood up for himself one day at 9 years old.  Ron grew up to be an astronaut at NASA and was on the Challenger space flight.



I challenged my kids to design a plane like Ron wanted to do.  They took about 10 papers from the recycle bin, pipe cleaners, fun foam, yarn, and some fake flower petals.  Oh and large amounts of tape.  This is what they came up with.  They tried to fly it off the upstairs loft and it just flew straight down.


But the part that was really cool to me is they remembered the story, and a few weeks later at the library they were talking about how Ron wasn’t allowed to check out library books and they were glad they were allowed to check them out.  The bad part is they didn’t understand that now he was allowed to check them out.  So we had a quick discussion about that.


It always impresses me what they’ve learned and how it’s been absorbed.

5 thoughts on “South Carolina: Ron’s Big Mission

  1. I couldn't help but chuckle over the kid's plane. Selena just grabs a sheet of newspaper, runs through the house and announces that it is her kite or plane.

  2. After I got this post I looked to see when you did SC which was back in Aug and somehow I missed the post asking for book recommendations. I have one in particular that I really enjoy and 2 others that are great too

    “Charley's Columbia Backyard” by Caroline Coleman Bennnett (our favorite)
    “Turtle Summer A Journal for my Daugher” by Mary Alice Monroe
    “The Adventure Begins Hermy the Hermit Crab” by Andrea Weathers

    The last two are about the ocean which is pretty common. “Charley's Columbia Backyard” offers other unique features to Columbia, SC's capital city, which is loaded with so much variety there are pleanty of activities you could create from this book. And Caroline Bennett, author, and Paula Bowers, illustrator, are both native South Carolinians. Enjoy these books!

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