This book is well sourced and includes an extensive Afterword. This story of Doc and Jim Key is absolutely incredible! The fact that William (Doc) Key received an education at all as an enslaved boy at the time is incredible in and of itself, but a detail in the afterword may have also pointed to the reason beyond the kindness of his owners; that William (Doc) was likely biologically a cousin to his owners. When the Civil War ended and Doc set out on his own, he displayed quite the entrepreneurial spirit in marketing and selling his liniment, which became his first claim to success. The Beautiful Jim Key would be his second. The story is told to outline the highlights and the afterword goes into even greater detail. Doc and Jim Key’s “act” brought attention to the capacity of animals to learn when treated kindly and humanely.
Title: Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness
Author: Donna Janell Bowman
Illustrator: Daniel Minter
Published 2016 by Lee & Low Books Inc.
This copy was borrowed from the public library for purpose of review.