The Underground Railroad for Kids: From Slavery to Freedom with 21 Activities [NOOK Book]

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The heroic struggles of the thousands of slaves who sought freedom through the Underground Railroad are vividly portrayed in this powerful activity book, as are the abolitionists, free blacks, and former slaves who helped them along the way. The text includes 80 compelling firsthand narratives from escaped slaves and abolitionists and 30 biographies of "passengers," "conductors," and "stationmasters," such as Harriet Tubman, William Still, and Levi and Catherine Coffin. Interactive activities that teach readers ...
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The Underground Railroad for Kids: From Slavery to Freedom with 21 Activities

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Overview


The heroic struggles of the thousands of slaves who sought freedom through the Underground Railroad are vividly portrayed in this powerful activity book, as are the abolitionists, free blacks, and former slaves who helped them along the way. The text includes 80 compelling firsthand narratives from escaped slaves and abolitionists and 30 biographies of "passengers," "conductors," and "stationmasters," such as Harriet Tubman, William Still, and Levi and Catherine Coffin. Interactive activities that teach readers how to navigate by the North Star, write and decode a secret message, and build a simple lantern bring the period to life. A time line, reading list, glossary, and listing of web sites for further exploration complete this activity book. The Underground Railroad for Kids is an inspiring story of brave people compelled to act in the face of injustice, risking their livelihoods, their families, and their lives in the name of freedom.
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Editorial Reviews

Learning Magazine
"Offers children a way to understand the difficult topic of slavery."
Children's Literature
This is one of the most comprehensive books for young people about the slave trade, slave life and the escape to freedom along the Underground Railroad. However, "for kids" in the title may turn off the middle- and high-school students most capable of gathering information from the text-heavy pages. There are many graphic descriptions and pictures of the brutality faced by slaves, especially captured fugitives. There are also interesting facts—the very first Africans brought to America were treated as indentured servants and were freed after a certain number of years and the greatest numbers of Africans were actually taken to Brazil and the Caribbean, not the area that would become the United States. The most interesting reading may be the frequent boxes identifying "heroes of freedom"—some well known like Sojourner Truth and William Lloyd Garrison but many others who were active abolitionists or former slaves and free blacks active in the Underground Railroad. There are instructions for making cornmeal hoecakes, an antislavery handbill, a quilt square with secret messages from the Underground Railroad and a rubber-band banjo. There is also a thorough index and list of resources. The book may be most useful for student research or teachers looking for facts and information to strengthen a curriculum unit. 2005, Chicago Review Press, Ages 10 to 16.
—Karen Leggett
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Beginning with a time line that traces the history of slavery in America, this thorough overview includes a narrative history, many quotes from primary sources, archival drawings and photographs, and 21 related projects. The main text is printed in black ink; quotations from historical sources are printed in sepia, as are the illustrations. Brief biographies are provided for famous conductors such as Harriet Tubman, and the many stationmasters, brakemen, and courageous African-American and white individuals who served as guides. The volume is densely packed with information. Occasionally the material introduced in the text is repeated in the sidebars. The activities seem geared to a younger audience than the one to which the rest of the book is addressed and are in some cases simplistic and potentially offensive. For example, dressing up like Seminoles or tying up one's passion in a cloth sack or wearing a disguise seem to trivialize rather than enhance the experiences that are described. Some of the projects may be used by a perceptive and sensitive teacher to spark meaningful discussion, but for the general nonfiction shelves, this is not a first purchase. Try James Haskins's Following Freedom's Star (Marshall Cavendish, 2001) instead.-Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Puts this tragic period of American history in age-appropriate terms without glossing over important details."  —Cincinnati Magazine

"Fascinating . . . the latest book from an excellent paperback series that mixes history with craft . . . to bring the past to life."  —The Buffalo News

"Carson's well-written text gives the background of the movement that led to freedom for thousands of African Americans."  —The Miami Herald

"It skillfully uses maps, photos, drawings and replicas of documents."  —Dallas Morning News

"A complete historical overview of this dark period in American history."  —Peoria Journal Star

"Offers children a way to understand the difficult topic of slavery."  —Learning Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613740521
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Series: For Kids Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 887,243
  • Age range: 9 years
  • File size: 25 MB
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Meet the Author

Mary Kay Carson has written more than 15 nonfiction books for children, including The Wright Brothers for Kids, Easy Science Activity Journals, and Space. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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