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Show Way

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    Show a way to freedom

    This book was a Newbery Honor Book in 2006. It is appropriate for children ages 8-12. It is a historical fiction book which tells of slavery and how a quilt helps deliver some slaves to safety and freedom. It takes us through several generations to show how the quilt was significant in each period of time. I feel this book is very important for older children to read. I feel that the story and illustrations will help them to see how far our country has come. Freedom is very important and all people should be able to experience true freedom. This book was written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Hudson Talbott. Ms. Woodson has written many books such as Locomotion and Other Side. Woodson, Jacqueline. Show Way. New York: G.P. Putnam¿s Sons, 2005.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    This one-note book is comfortable with itself.

    Hudson Talbott's illustrations omit anything real about slavery or dignity. The book begins oddly by showing children in chains but what isn't shown is who's doing the chaining. Also, why is the principle character's mother and father so passive in her kidnapping? This book can't seriously be for 5 and up. Or even 8 and up. It clearly will lead to seperation anxiety. This is only the first two pages of this book, as it goes on, more cliches ensue, climaxing with an egotistical ending -- slavery happened to a large group of people, what about everyone else? Very disappointingly written and illustrated but I do think the right book will come to give children some sense of their history, culture, and self worth.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2005

    A Beautiful Book

    I read this book to a class of fourth graders and they loved it.

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

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    A Journey Through Slavery - Show Way

    The fabrics of our lives are woven through the generations with rich history to be shared. Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson is a heartwarming and heart wrenching story all at once about Soonie's family and their plight across the generations in the quest for freedom. To learn of the struggles and successes individuals endured to ensure their eventual path to freedom has an inspiring stronghold across hundreds of years, one not to be forgotten.

    Immerse yourself in the elegant storytelling of Newberry Honor winner, Jacqueline Woodson, and be prepared to be mesmerized.

    The awe inspiring illustrations of Hudson Talbott will leave the reader emotionally satisfied.

    Personal note: I had the thrilling opportunity to listen to Jacqueline Woodson speak at the NY Winter SCBWI Conference in January where she read Show Way to the audience. Her writing is exhilarating while reading on your own, but to hear her in person is breathtaking. While I read, Show Way Ms. Woodson's voice echoed through my mind bringing chills throughout. The experience will stay with me forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2008

    Beautiful, emotional book

    This book, through both its original poetic lyrics and thought provoking illustrations, stirs the emotions of higher level thinkers, and is a must read for all elementary classrooms. Beautiful portrayal of the complexities of civil rights, seperation, and slavery, leaving the reader with many questions and a desire to know more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2007

    Family Stories

    What a wonderful way to pass down family stories from one generation to another.It's so important that other children understand how life was and is today and the choices we now have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2006

    Third rate slam poetry

    Nothing orginal here, just lifted ideas from other poems about slavery paged out in book form.

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