Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery

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Named a Smithsonian magazine "Notable Children's Book" and a Hungry Mind Review "Children's Books of Distinction" Finalist, this inspiring story exemplifies how--as Douglass himself said--books and learning are "the pathway from slavery to freedom." A teacher activity guide is available to accompany this book. Full color.

A stunning account of a true episode in the childhood of the famous African American writer and activist, by the acclaimed author of Zora Hurston ...

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Overview

Named a Smithsonian magazine "Notable Children's Book" and a Hungry Mind Review "Children's Books of Distinction" Finalist, this inspiring story exemplifies how--as Douglass himself said--books and learning are "the pathway from slavery to freedom." A teacher activity guide is available to accompany this book. Full color.

A stunning account of a true episode in the childhood of the famous African American writer and activist, by the acclaimed author of Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree. Lucas's full-color pastel drawings evoke one boy's strength and spirit.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The success of this penetrating book lies in Miller's (Zora Hurston and the China-berry Tree) ability to convincingly convey the abolitionist Frederick Douglass's thoughts and feelings during his formative years as a plantation slave; and in Miller's focus on the limited-and pivotal-period of youth. The result is a searing, personal story that is easily absorbed by young readers, introduced to Douglass as a child whose mother is sold to a distant master: "Frederick tried to understand, but when he thought of his mother, tears and more tears came into his eyes." This lyrical account underscores Douglass's compassion and concern for his peers: as he watches an overseer whip another slave, he "felt the blows on his back, on the back of all the slaves who stood beside him." In an impressive picture book debut, Lucas contributes warmly textured artwork, rendered in pastels on paper treated with pumice and gesso. These illustrations reinforce the sense of Douglass's remarkable endurance, determination and humanity. Ages 4-up. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Although much has been written about Douglass, little has been directed at young readers. This book goes a long way toward filling this gap. It focuses on one of the most dramatic events in his life: the moment when, as a slave, he summoned up the strength to stand up to his white overseer. Douglass abhorred slavery, but could find no way to escape; yet he was unable to bring himself to accept his situation. He had learned to read, but this knowledge only set him apart from his fellow slaves, and added to his discontent. Miller's narrative is movingly rendered, allowing readers to experience the dilemma facing the young man. Lucas's pictures, done in pastel on paper treated with pumice and gesso, bring the well-told and very human account to life. The mood they create is dark and brooding, with a hint of violence lurking on every page. Youngsters will relate to the story's powerful message about the meaning of physical and spiritual freedom.-Carol Jones Collins, Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880000427
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 378,515
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 10.05 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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