Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley

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Kidnapped from her home in Senegal and sold as a slave in 1761, Phillis Wheatley?as she comes to be known?stuns her adopted country by becoming America's first published black poet.

Includes a reader's guide.

A fictionalized biography of the eighteenth-century African woman who, as a child, was brought to New England to be a ...

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Overview

Kidnapped from her home in Senegal and sold as a slave in 1761, Phillis Wheatley—as she comes to be known—stuns her adopted country by becoming America's first published black poet.

Includes a reader's guide.

A fictionalized biography of the eighteenth-century African woman who, as a child, was brought to New England to be a slave, and after publishing her first poem when a teenager, gained renown throughout the colonies as an important black American poet.

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"A powerful portrait . . . A tragic tale, beautifully written and researched."—Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Readers will find this fictionalized account of the young African-American poetess, Phillis Wheatley, to be a slow read. While concerned with earning her freedom, it seems more of Phillis' thoughts are about her crush on her young master. While it can be said that there were slave owners who treated their slaves well, it appears to be a stretch to believe that life was as rosy as this portrayal.
The ALAN Review - Mike Angelotti
Here is a beautifully written story true to the historical facts of the life of Phillis Wheatly, America's first black poet. Yeet its credibility rests in its imaginative treatment of Phillis Wheatley the human being, of how a young African slave might have learned to read and write American English in pre-Revolutionary-War Boston. The novel is written as Phillis Wheatley might have written a memoir covering the period in her life from ages seven through approximately twenty-one; that is, from Keziah's abduction from a Senegal rice field by her vengeful uncle's warriors to her interview with General George Washington as "free nigra woman" Phillis Wheatley. Especially moving is her description of the "middle passage" between Senegal and Boston on the slave ship Phillis. Complementing a study of Phillis Wheatley's poetry might be her running commentary on the significance of writing and on her writing process. Her easy conversational style should make historical detail pleasantly consumable to young readers studying the period. In fact, Ann Rinaldi's fascinating "Author's Note" discusses the interplay of fact and fiction in the story. This book has strong interdisciplinary potential. It was much enjoyed and is highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152053932
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: Great Episodes Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 162,446
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history vividly to life. A self-made writer and newspaper columnist for twenty-one years, Ms. Rinaldi attributes her interest in history to her son, who enlisted her to take part in historical reenactments up and down the East Coast. She lives with her husband in central New Jersey. Visit her online at www.annrinaldi.com .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    The Most Outstanding Book

    This book really deserves about 8 stars because this is the only book that has kept my attention long enough to read the whole book. I have never read a whole book because they aren't really interesting enough to finish. I think Ann should keep up the good work and I promise that I will read more of her books in the future.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2000

    Was a great book!

    This is a must read book! It tells of Phillis Wheatley's struggle to find her freedom in a world of slavery. Although she is a slave, she has always been treated as one of the Wheatley family, until her love for her white master is discovered.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Awesome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you like Ann Rinald

    Awesome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you like Ann Rinaldi's other books you will especially enjoy this one. I liked learning about Phillis Wheatley and everything that happened to her. One thing I don't understand is why she didn't have some bookstores sell the 300 books she got in the crate to sell. I also wondered why in real life Nathaniel would send her back from London early if she was becoming that popular. Overall it was an awesome book that I'm sure I'll read many more times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    THIS WILL BE THE BEST BOOK YOU HAVE EVER READ!

    This book was very touching for me mostly because of the heart-felt writing done by one of my favoritte authors, Ann Rinaldi. This book is great for anyone 11 or older, and will seriously become the best book you have ever read. I highly recommend this book to you and your friends!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Read this book!

    This is one of the most amazing historical fiction books i have ever read. I promise it will not dissapoint you.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2008

    rinaldis best work yet!

    Hang a Thousand trees with ribbons is an outstanding book! It kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for more. This book about a yong slave who was captured at a young age and was bought by a loving family. When there son teaches her to read and write it oppens up millions of doors for her! I found myself rooting for her all the way throught the book. This is a must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2007

    Outstanding book, you must read it !

    I absolutely loved this book. It was fantastic! It was written very well with a great plot. It also brought back to my mind that slave owners were not always as bad as we think they are, although most of are horrible. the book was outstanding and I would deffinetly recommend it. You must read it. If you don't, you are making a horrible decision.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2011

    Perfect

    Perfect balance of action

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    really fabulous

    this book was a detailed explanation on this womans life. i learned a lot from this book and was very impressed with her exceptional writing style. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    good pasttime, and one of my favorite rinaldi's books!!

    LOVED IT!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2007

    Paige

    The book, Hang a thousand trees with ribbons, by Ann Rinaldi was one of the best historical fiction books I have read. This book is about the first black poet in all of history and how she, Phillis Wheatley, changed the whole world's outlook on her race. This book shows a totally different side of Phillis than what the biographies show. Rinaldi showed Phillis' life as being treated not as a slave, but as a part of the Wheatley family. They allowed her to eat at the table, be educated, and escape chores. Rinaldi vividly showed how Nathaniel used Phillis' feelings for him and his mother to get her to keep up writing and a good image while they stayed in London. He even went as far as to promise her finery and such and never appeared to mean it. This book is great for anyone who even relatively likes history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2007

    A reviewer

    I love the way Ann Rinaldi teaches history. She has a way of making history come alive! Phillis Wheatley has a very compelling story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2006

    o my gosh

    when i started to read this book i remberd i hated biogrphy so i was about to put it down but i saw a word that really caught me i countiond reading i finshed the book in 2 days with 336 pages.and i stink at reading. now i by all the preaquals.read it you will love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2006

    A satisfyingly rich, true story of the first, black, woman poetess

    This novel takes you into its depths from the first page and keeps you there until you are done reading. I actually could not go to sleep last night when my mom took it away to punish me for horsing around with my little sister. I nearly had a fit! I am 13, so I guess that is reason enough to want to read this and to read Phillis's poems. The title, for those who want to know (yes, I saw the one review that said she didn't understand), means that her freedom is the minimum reward for her influential work. Mr. Wheatley reads it to Phillis when reviews of her book arrive and one says, I quote, 'We are much concerned to find that this ingenious young woman is yet a slave. The people of Boston boast themselves mostly on their principles of liberty. One such act as the purchase of her freedom would, in our opinion, have done more honor than HANGing A THOUSAND TREES WITH RIBBONS and emblems'. (I didn't get it at first, either.) So, the phrase is nearly self-explanatory when it states that her freedom is more worthy of praise than any other physical display of joy. (And, yes, I agree with all the other reviewers who say that the author's not is upsetting, but then again, I advise all those who thirst for a sense of history to brighten their future to read it. After all, if you just read the story, you won't know the rest of the events in her life. It is like having the last few pages of a biography torn away from the binding, leaving you having to look in the scholarly books, just as Ann Rinaldi said she wanted to avoid making this book.) Read this if you are a history fanatic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2006

    good..

    this was a really good book. the end was depressing though and ruined my whole outlook on phillis wheatley and her poetry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2006

    Now There's a Magical Author

    Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons was an amazing book. This book was very well researched and is full of great facts for a historical fiction lover. Ann Rinaldi's words are very powerful and she is able to bring exicitment to any piece of history. I never would have been interested in Phillis Wheatley had it not been for this book. I never knew all that she had to put up with in her life. This is truly a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2005

    Superb

    Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons is an awesome book. I learned so much about Phillis Wheatley. It was very well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    the first black poet

    This book was very informational.It was about Phillis Wheately, and how she was the first black poet.She was a slave and sold to the Wheatley family in 1761. She was taught to read and write and became a very good poet. This book was informational, but not very interesting or fun to read.I wouldn't recomend this to someone that is reading for pleasure, because its basically a biography of her life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2005

    A Great Story of the First African American Poet!!

    Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons is a phenonmenal book. This shows the life of Phillis Wheatley. A slave who got kidnapped as a child from the Senegal area in Africa and was brought to America to be sold. In Boston she gets bought by the wealthy Wheatley family. There is where she learns to read and write. See where her writing takes her in life. Its shows the struggles of African Americans and how if you dream it you can become it. This is the book for readers who love history and black history. I really enjoyed it. So start reading...

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