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Newbery Award-winning author, Mildred D. Taylor, was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Toledo, she spent two ...

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About the Author: "I do not know how old I was when the daydreams became more than that, and I decided to write them down, but by the time I entered high school, I was confident that I would one day be a writer." -- Mildred D. Taylor


Newbery Award-winning author, Mildred D. Taylor, was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Toledo, she spent two years in Ethiopia with the Peace Corps teaching English and history. Returning to the United States, Ms. Taylor entered the University of Colorado's School of Journalism, from which she received her Master of Arts degree. As a member of the Black Student Alliance, she worked with students and University officials in structuring a Black Studies program at the University. She currently lives in Colorado.


"From as far back as I can remember, my father taught me a different history from the one I learned in school. By the fireside in our Ohio home and in Mississippi, where I was born and where my father's family had lived since the days of slavery, I had heard about our past. It was not an organized history beginning in a certain year, but one told through stories--stories about great-grandparents and aunts and uncles and others that stretched back through the years of slavery and beyond. It was a history of ordinary people, some brave, some not so brave, but basically people who had done nothing more spectacular than survive in a society designed for their destruction."

During the Depression, a rural black family deeply attached to the forest on their land tries to save it from being cut down by an unscrupulous white man.

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The author of the Newbery Award winning book, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry brings us another story of a family's struggle for respect and survival. Cassie Logan lives with her mother, Grandmother and brothers near woods that are centuries old. When Cassie wakes in the morning, while gathering eggs and while picking blackberries with her brothers, she loves to listen to the songs the old trees sing. They offer comfort and reassurance while her father is away working to send money home for the family. But when the woods are silent and the trees are marked with huge white Xs, even Cassie's older brother has to admit that something is drastically wrong. This touching and simple story is based on events in Taylor's own family life during the Great Depression. It brings to light the incredible fight for respect and honor still facing black families in the United States in the twentieth century. 2003 (orig. 1975), Puffin Books/Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers,
— Rebecca Watson <%ISBN%>0142500755
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553241402
  • Publisher: Bantam Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/1984
  • Series: Logan Family Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Mildred D. Taylor is the author of nine novels including The Road to Memphis, Let the Circle Be Unbroken, The Land, and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Her books have won numerous awards, among them a Newbery Medal (for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry), four Coretta Scott King Awards, and a Boston Globe—Horn Book Award. Her book The Land was awarded the L.A. Times Book Prize and the PEN Award for Children’s Literature. In 2003, Ms. Taylor was named the First Laureate of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.
                Mildred Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Toledo, she served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia for two years and then spent the next year traveling throughout the United States, working and recruiting for the Peace Corps. At the University of Colorado’s School of Journalism, she helped created a Black Studies program and taught in the program for two years. Ms. Taylor has worked as a proofreader-editor and as program coordinator for an international house and a community free school. She now devotes her time to her family, writing, and what she terms “the family ranch” in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    song of the trees...

    this book was very influencial to a child's understanding of when and when not to stay out of things. and i believe children should be taught at an early age what it was like for children in the 1930's and what struggles and what troubles they were not allowed to get away with, compared to where children are at today and how much trouble we get away with and the freedom we have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    The Book is Great!!!!

    Song of the Trees is a great book. I love it, my teacher had us to read and a write a essay on it. Although I didn't like the essay part I did love reading the book! When Mr.Anderson tries to mess with Big Ma he doesn't get the answer he likes. So Mama sends Stacey to get Papa from the railroad and when Papa get's back it's nothing but downhill for Mr.Anderson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2005

    Song of the Trees

    I loved the book because Cassie can talk to the trees and they talk back and she's just like me. I can hear them talk to me and Cassie's family is just like mine. The book has black and white pictures and they're cool. When you read the story it's like you're there and when they're sad I can be sad too. It is nice to read a book that you can be in that is so realistic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2004

    I'm 12 and from Ohio

    I really likes song of the trees. its a good book. I like to write to and I think that Mildrid Taylor is a really good writer. I liked how the Logan family stuck up for themselves. THat was realy cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2000

    I Love It , What A Wonderful Author And Book

    Mildred D.Taylor is a great author and so are her books. I read this book and I love it. I read it as a homework assignment. I thought it was boring until I saw the authors name.

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    Posted June 16, 2009

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