Frederick Douglass for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities

Frederick Douglass for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities

by Nancy I. Sanders
     
 

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Few Americans have had as much impact on this nation as Frederick Douglass. Born on a plantation, he later escaped slavery and helped others to freedom via the Underground Railroad. In time he became a bestselling author, an outspoken newspaper editor, a brilliant orator, a tireless abolitionist, and a brave civil rights leader. He was famous on both sides

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Few Americans have had as much impact on this nation as Frederick Douglass. Born on a plantation, he later escaped slavery and helped others to freedom via the Underground Railroad. In time he became a bestselling author, an outspoken newspaper editor, a brilliant orator, a tireless abolitionist, and a brave civil rights leader. He was famous on both sides of the Atlantic in the years leading up to the Civil War, and when war broke out, Abraham Lincoln invited him to the White House for counsel and advice.

            Frederick Douglass for Kids follows the footsteps of a true hero, one of the leading African Americans of his day. And to better appreciate Douglass and his times, readers will:

·        form a debating club

·        create a sailor’s tarpaulin hat and cravat that Douglass wore during his escape

·        make a Civil War haversack

·        participate in a microlending program

and more

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5�9—Douglass was born into slavery, but through self-education and innate oratorical skills, he overcame adversity to become the most famous abolitionist of his day. His spirit and personal hardships, as well as the sufferings of the millions forced into slavery, are effectively captured in Sanders's well-written narrative. The inclusion of the tireless work of many antislavery visionaries of the day gives readers an accurate portrayal of the abolitionist movement. Though well-researched and thorough, some relevant events are oversimplified. Much of the content and activities are presented in the form of sidebars. While many contain good information, their formatting can be overwhelming and sometimes conflicts with the book's flow. Time lines, archival pictures, and modern photographs of relevant locales are also included. A resources section includes websites, places to visit, and titles for further information. In the hands of educators, this book will be a valuable tool on the life and times of a great orator. However, it is written at a fairly high level, so the title slightly misrepresents the book's intended audience. For elementary grade children needing sources for a report, this would not be the title of choice; far too much reading is required to draw out the facts relevant for that purpose. Those interested in the subject, however, will appreciate the insightful look at this remarkable individual.—Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569767177
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/2012
Series:
For Kids Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
961,721
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1100L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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"Thoughtful and well-researched . . . a thorough and involving examination of a great man, equally suited to individual immersion and classroom collaboration."  —Booklist

"Classrooms are closed for the summer but teachers take note: this is an excellent educational tool for next year that will fit right into your curriculums and won’t put students to sleep."  —"Letter Blocks" Barnes & Noble parenting and educators blog

"Written for children ages nine and up to easily read and understand, Frederick Douglass is both well-researched and succinct all at once."  —The Pioneer Woman  

"In the hands of educators, this book will be a valuable tool on the life and times of a great orator. However, it is written at a fairly high level, so the title slightly misrepresents the book’s intended audience. For elementary grade children needing sources for a report, this would not be the title of choice; far too much reading is required to draw out the facts relevant for that purpose. Those interested in the subject, however, will appreciate the insightful look at this remarkable individual."  —School Library Journal 

"The 21 activities in the book, such as forming a debate club, taking action in the current world slave market and making a carpet bag, are among the best I’ve seen in any of the Chicago Review Press books I’ve read...Frederick Douglas for Kids: The Life and Times with 21 Activities is an invaluable resource and a spectacular book that should be read by every American child (and parent too)."  —Good Reads with Ronna 

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