The mix of text and illustrations, mainly sepia-toned, on every spread makes these introductory titles accessible to young readers. Freedom opens with an explanation of the Underground Railroad and a definition of "slaves," but little space is given to the slave experience. The bulk of the book is devoted to traveling the Underground Railroad. Conductors, stations, codes written in quilts, songs, and maps showing routes slaves took are highlighted, but the maps of the United States and Africa are hard to read. Tenement has an old map of the Lower East Side and explanations of life in the New York neighborhood in the 1800s: the size and condition of tenement apartments, doing the laundry, cholera, children's games, work, etc. Some statements in both titles can be misleading; for example, "Slave families were often torn apart.... The family could be apart for years." The likelihood that they might never see one another again is not addressed. Tenement refers to "privies (outhouses)" as "bathrooms." Better books are available on both topics.
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Tenement Stories: Immigrant Life (1835-1935)by Sean Price
Read this book to find out what life was like for immigrants living in New York City’s Lower East Side. Explore the sights and sounds of crowded immigrant neighborhoods. Learn more about the people who came to the United States in search of a better way of life.
Meet the Author
Sean Stewart Price has written more than 50 books for children and teenagers, and his biography "Front Page Lives: Benazir Bhutto" garnered a starred review from Booklist. He has edited nine books for teachers and contributed to numerous text books and reference works. A former managing editor of "Junior Scholastic" magazine in New York, Price has written articles for publications such as "National Geographic Kids" and "The New York Times Upfront". He lives with his family in Alabama.
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