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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Working Cotton is based on poems from Williams's The Peacock Poems, a National Book Award nominee. Based on her childhood experience in the cotton fields of Fresno, this poignant story tells of a migrant family's day from the point of view of a child, Shelan, who is "a big girl now. Not big enough to have my own sack, just only to help pile cotton in the middle of the row for Mamma to put in hers.” From dawn until dusk, the family works the field.
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