Children's LiteratureThe story of Mary McLeod Bethune is an inspiring one. Born in 1875, the 15th child in a family of 17 children, McLeod was the first in her family not born a slave. Although she was free, Mary still had a hard life. She was picking cotton at the age of nine and only attended school until the age of eleven. She wanted an education but was needed home to help with the farm work. At the age of thirteen, she had an opportunity to go to school in North Carolina. From there she went to the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Bethune found work as a teacher, married, and had a baby son. Her dream was to begin a school for black children. In 1904, she moved to Daytona, Florida and with Yannuzzi <%ISBN%>0739868683
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-5-In the introduction to each book, the author captures readers' attention by highlighting the subjects' accomplishments, talents, and abilities. Their lives are then presented as straightforward chronological narratives. Good-quality, archival photos and colorful sidebars appear throughout. However, in Garvey, the information is repetitious and conflicting. Readers are told that, "Garvey was strongly affected by one book he read in London. The book was called Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington." Several pages later, Donovan writes, "Not long after Garvey returned to Jamaica in 1914, he read a book called Up From Slavery." She goes on to repeat who Washington was and the views he espoused in his autobiography. In Bethune, most of the boldface words are defined in context, making the glossary unnecessary. Robeson is more problematic as the dates given for the Civil War are inaccurate. In referring to the time that Robeson's father escaped from slavery, Healy writes, "The year was 1860, and the Civil War (1860-1864) between the North and the South was about to begin." Also, the time line indicates that Robeson's wife died in 1964. She actually died in 1965, accurately noted in the text. These attractively formatted but flawed titles are not first purchases.-Tracy Bell, Durham Public Schools, NC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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