Almost to Freedom

Almost to Freedom

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575053424
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2003
Series: Carolrhoda Picture Books Series
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 815,200
Product dimensions: 9.24(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.22(d)
Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 8 Years

About the Author

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the author of The Book Itch, as well as three Coretta Scott King Award-winning books: No Crystal Stair, Bad News for Outlaws, and Almost to Freedom. She is a youth services librarian in New Mexico.


Colin Bootman is the award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including Young Frederick Douglass, Almost to Freedom, and The Steel Pan Man of Harlem—which he also wrote. He and his books have received numerous awards, including the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, the Schneider Family Book Award, and the Teacher’s Choice Award. Born in Trinidad, Mr. Bootman came to the United States at the age of seven and found that art helped him cope with his new environment. Once a young artist himself, Mr. Bootman hopes his art can encourage children to follow their dreams and embrace their passions.

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Almost to Freedom 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
awidmer06 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Genre: Realistic FictionAge Appropriateness: Primary/IntermediateReview: This book is a good example of realistic fiction because the narrative presents a true depiction of what life was like for slaves. The story is of a young girl's escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad. It is a heart-wrenching and encouraging story about friendship, strength, and courage. Readers are more aware of the life of the slaves and why they wanted to escape to the North.Media: This book is a good example of ink and wash media because the illustrations blend well together and have even flow. There is a transparent effect on the pictures too with the multiple coats.Characterization: Lindy is a dynamic character because she undergoes an important, internal change while escaping to the North for freedom. She develops courage and trust as she embarks on this risky escape with her mother.
born1990 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Genre: Historical FictionThis book is a good example of historical fiction because the story accurately portrays the time period and the fictional characters. The family is in slavery and they escape using the underground railroad, as told through the eyes of the little girl's rag-doll. Critique: Setting
CarmellaLee on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Personal Response: Vaunda explained in an author's note, she was inspired to write this story by a folk art museum's exhibit of black rag dolls. They were discovered in Underground Railroad hideouts. This stroy surely gave a good sense of the feelings the characters were feeling.Curricular or Programming Connections: Slavery, Underground Railroad, African-American
JessicaGuiducci on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Genre: Historical Fiction/FantasyAppropriate Age: IntermediateMedia: Acrylic PaintingSummary:A doll tells the story of how she was created, given to a young girl named Lindy, and carried around the fields with the slaves. The doll saw the slaves work, struggle, and enjoy time with one another. The doll, Sally, saw them flogged, and ran away with them to earn freedom from slavery. Once in a safehouse, Sally feels safe and excited for freedom, but slave-catchers arrived and the little girl left Sally in the safehouse by accident. Later, Sally meets a new young girl and becomes her doll, and is renamed Belinda. The doll hopes that she can finally gain freedom. This story is a wonderful interpretation and rendition of a representation of slavery in the United States and the Underground Railroad. The author got the idea for the story when she went to a museum of the Underground Railroad and saw many of the dolls that were said to have been used by slave children for comfort. This information was presented clearly in the back of the book for background information.
MartyAllen on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A story of the Underground Railroad, told from the perspectve of a child traveler's doll. The fact that this story is told through the eyes of the doll can make it more relatable to children. Perhaps they can¿t imagine life as a slave, but they can relate to the love between a child and her toy. At the same time, though, this distances the reader from the danger occurring as she is not exposed to the young girl¿s fear, just the doll¿s fear, a step removed. At one point, it is mentioned that the girl¿s father has been taken away. Normally, this would be anxiety-provoking, but because of this step removed approach, this is not so emotional. The different point of view also allows the glossing over of the entire plot. Because the doll does not directly experience slavery or the escape for freedom, the reader does not get the full experience of these events. The pictures, full of saturated colors and looking almost like paintings, do add to this, giving the story a depth that the text doesn¿t. These images tell more than the words, showing the sadness and loneliness felt. However, they don¿t completely make up for the lack. While the story has potential, in the end, it misses the mark.
soonergirlam on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Summary:This book is very interesting! It is about a little girl and her family in slavery. The little girl, Lindy, had a doll her mom had sewn for her. In this book, the doll, Sally, tells the story of the family and how the family started on the Underground Railroad.Personal Reaction:I thought this book was very interesting and had awesome illustrations. This book was written in grammer that slaves probably used because they were deprived of an education.Classroom Extensions:#1: I would have the children journal about their feelings about the book right after I read it to them, to get their immediate reaction.#2: I would have the children discuss the meanings of some of the words used in the book that they may not understand. #3: I would use this book as a supplement to a social studies lesson on the underground railroad.
candicebairn on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Much history is learned in the telling of this story. Wonderful illustrations.
jamieh on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This would be a good book for all ages. It teaches about the loneliness and the help of good people on the Underground Railroad. This would be a good book to read during black history month or while learning about the underground railroad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book. I thought the pictures went very well with the story that was being told. It has a lot of meaning and causes you to think about situations one tends to forget about. i really liked the story line of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book, and decided to do a whole unit on the Underground Railroad just so that I can read it to my students.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells a story all should hear. Don't expect to have a dry eye by the end of the story. I am buying a copy for myself and for my teacher/daughter's first grade class. A delightful book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nelson, an accomplished storyteller, brings young readers and listeners an exceptional story of the Underground Railroad. Sally is a rag doll belonging to Lindy, a slave child. She has a 'right important job' as comfort and companion to Lindy throught the hardships of slavery and her family's flight to freedom. Sally is lost on the trip, and after a lonely, weary time, she becomes comfort and companion to another slave child. The illustrations by Colin Bootman are stunning, capturing the warmth and drama of the story. Another fine tale adding to Nelson's award-winning work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Almost to Freedom is the story of a family's flight to freedom. It is a deeply moving tale, cast in a fresh light, as it is told by the child's ragdoll. The doll's voice is poignant and perfect for the story. With its beautiful illustrations, this is a book for every home and library. Hurrah! and Bravo! for this much needed and marvelous book!