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Posted October 20, 2009
Freedom Walkers, by Russell Freedman, tells the story behind the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott. This book takes a deeper look at some of the major leaders in the boycott, such as Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, some of the key events that took place, and some of the thousands of unrecognized heroes that made the bus boycott possible.
Freedom Walkers is a very enjoyable and informative book about the Montgomery Bus Boycott. I never fully understood the impact the boycott had on the Civil Rights Movement and how it involved so many people. I was also shocked by the fact that the boycott lasted for 381 days. The theme of freedom is fully woven into the text, which makes it extremely apparent that that is what the African Americans wanted for themselves and for future generations. Because the book gives such an accurate description of the boycott, it would help students understand the passion and work that went into it. One thing that I particularly enjoyed about this were the pictures. The fact that the pictures were real made this book even more interesting, and it also would help students understand that this actually took place. I would most certainly recommend this book in a classroom.
Posted October 14, 2009
I really enjoyed reading Freedom Walkers, I thought this book was very eye-opening and educational. It is a book that should be incorporated into the classrooms for middle school aged children. The different stories of individual people from back in the segregation times is a wonderful way to explain just exactly how life was for African-Americans. Excellent story telling paired with marvelous pictures makes this a must read for everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 12, 2009
This book retells the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This book also displays the involvement of the many contributors to the movement as well as the major events.
I thought that this book was more entertaining than a textbook, but it still was not all that engaging. On the bright side, it had a very useful index and spectacular pictures depicting the events mentioned in the text. This book also won the Carter G. Woodson Book Award. I believe that this book would be useful to fifth and sixth graders and that the themes and subjects are segregation, injustice, courage, and perseverance. Some people may be offended by how the book has bible references, violence, racism, and even death. I would still want to use this book as a reference for the events of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Posted January 23, 2011
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