Louisa

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Loosely based on the life of Black American poet, Phillis Wheatley, LOUISA is a riveting story of how a little African girl was captured from her happy home by the Senegal River and sold into slavery in colonial America. How she was nurtured, educated, and rose to international celebrity as an authoress, before ultimately gaining her freedom, is a truly inspiring journey for readers of all ages.
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Overview

Loosely based on the life of Black American poet, Phillis Wheatley, LOUISA is a riveting story of how a little African girl was captured from her happy home by the Senegal River and sold into slavery in colonial America. How she was nurtured, educated, and rose to international celebrity as an authoress, before ultimately gaining her freedom, is a truly inspiring journey for readers of all ages.
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Hardcover Jacket - Paul Smith
"Louisa is an excellent book. … I just had to write to tell you how much I enjoyed one sentence in Chapter 5: "Being kept uneducated was a far greater restraint than our shackles." (p. 59) That one sentence summarizes what another teacher and I have been discussing for years where I work. … It really is worse than keeping them in shackles."

Paul J. Smith, Ed.D., Educator in Little Rock, Arkansas
Hardcover Jacket - Kathy Hickey
"As a Literacy Specialist for the Arkansas Department of Education, I am a voracious reader, and I am always looking for a good read to recommend to others. Louisa is such a book! The narrative swept me along as I vicariously lived the amazing story of this black woman who rose, despite all odds, to become a famous poet of her day."

Kathy Hickey, Literacy Specialist, Arkansas Department of Education
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978656737
  • Publisher: Parson Place Press
  • Publication date: 1/7/2008
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 1,465,679
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Emmel was an Elementary Principal for ten years and has been a teacher, mostly at the middle school level, for 27 years. He completed a doctorate in education at the University of Mississippi in 1976.

Louisa is his first novel and is loosely based on the life of colonial African-American poet, Phillis Wheatley. Richard is grateful to his friend, Dr. James Levernier, who readily shared with him knowledge about early American literature and history.

Richard and Sharon, his wife of 41 years, live in a log home on 19 wooded acres near Little Rock, Arkansas. They are the parents of three sons: Joseph, Michael, and Andrew. Andrew died of T-Cell Lymphoma in 1993.

When not writing or reading, Richard is woodworking, or out in his garden. Sharon and he also enjoy making weekend trips to the many beautiful places around Little Rock. Richard hopes you enjoy this story and finish it with a newfound love of learning, and for reading and writing, in particular.
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  • Posted February 11, 2009

    Travel Back in Time with Louisa

    Based loosely on Phyliss Wheatly¿s life, Louisa tells the story of Farih Morowa, later renamed Louisa Wheatley. Born a Princess in a Senegali tribe, Farih is the ultra-intelligent, spoiled daughter of a king until she is grabbed from the banks of the Senegal River on her birthday. Farih is forced on to a horrible slave ship packed with other people kidnapped, just like her, for a grueling three month trip to Colonial America. She is then sold to Mr. Wheatly, who changes her name and gives her a job as a house slave.<BR/><BR/>Louisa is trained, nurtured, and taught by Mrs. Wheatly and the other house slaves. While she does not personally face the horrific treatment of a slave, the treatment is detailed in the book (told through her eyes). Emmel follows her life with great detail and passion, giving us a true view of what Phyliss Wheatly¿s life may have been like.<BR/><BR/>We follow Louisa through childhood; experience her fear, trepidations, joy that comes from Christ, triumphs and failures. We experience her rise to fame, joy from marriage and childbearing. We cry with Louisa when she looses her first son in childbirth and cheer as she rises above the many prejudices she will face in her lifetime and gains her freedom.<BR/><BR/>Louisa is an excellent resource for your home, your child, the classroom, and yourself. It opens your eyes to the autrocities faced by slaves throughout time.

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  • Posted January 25, 2009

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    Excellent Book that gives insight into Slavery

    This is a very educational book which gives a lot of insight into the lives of slaves back in the time of slavery. I always new that the slaves were terribly mistreated but I didn't think it was so bad. <BR/><BR/>This would make an excellent resource for a classroom or homeschool family. <BR/><BR/>This is a must read book for Black History month.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2007

    Homeschoolers will appreciate this book

    Louisa is a great first book. It is a mostly biographical account of the life of Phyllis Wheatley, a black American poetess who lived duing the time of the Revolutionary War. Mr. Emmel writes in the first person, and shares many vignettes of life during this period from a perspective we seldom get - that of a young black woman who was captured in Africa, brought to America and grew up as a slave. Along the way, we are introduced to many familiar people in American history. Mr. Emmel does not shy away from the uncomfortable issues such as slavery, faith, death, treason, etc., but weaves them into the story line. I highly recommend this book for 5th - 9th grade homeschoolers studying the Revolutionary War, or for those studying poetry or even the history of the English language - many of Phyllis Wheatley's writings are included. This book belong's on the homeschooler's bookshelf along with such favorites as Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, Rifles for Watie, and Across Five Aprils.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2007

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    I really enjoyed this book after getting into it -- about Chapter 5. The story is very engaging and is fun to read. I suggest you skip Chapter 1 becauce it tells you a summary of the whole book. Read it last and you will enjoy the story.

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