Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary

by Elizabeth Partridge


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670011896
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 386,278
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Partridge ( is a National Book Award finalist and author of several nonfiction books for children, including Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange; This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie; and the Printz Honor–winning John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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“Gripping profiles of young people who made a difference.” Booklist, starred review

“A perfect balance of energetic prose and well-selected, breathtaking photographs.” Kirkus, starred review

“An excellent addition to any library.” School Library Journal, starred review

“A dramatic and a memorable statement.” VOYA, starred review

“A captivating, personal account.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A sharply focused historical narrative for a younger audience.” Horn Book, starred review

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Marching for Freedom 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very boring
59Square on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a powerful book that will be well-used by older elementary school children. Partridge has taken compelling black and white photos from the time around the march from Selma to Montgomery and included voices of young people from that time to make an instantly compelling narrative of nonviolence. It is truly amazing to consider all the hundreds of schoolchildren who went to jail for their equality and voting rights. But this is almost lost in the story of the dangerous march from Selma to Montgomery. One of the most interesting things I read in the author's note at the end was the fact that it was the people of Selma themselves who got the change they desired by their values and beliefs. Even though this book is slim (less than 70 pages of text and photos), it is not for young children - the descriptions of the violence are true, but graphic. I also think that it would be older elementary school children who would be inspired by their action. There is an index, source notes and photo credits for the student who is researching.
DustinB1983 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of the march on Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. The events of this story take place in a limited time frame. After a brief stop in 1963 to look at disenfranchisement of black voters in Selma, Alabama, the author jumps to 1965 to tell us about the events of and leading up to the march. Though Martin Luther King, Jr. makes an appearance, and it is clear that he is a monumental figure in the movement as gauged by the exuberant reactions of the locals to his presence, the real stars of this story are those on the ground. At the center of this story is the participation of the young students in the demonstrations. The endured the jails and the violence even before their teachers did. We are introduced to characters like Joanne, who was arrested for the first time when she was just ten years old, and her older sister Lynda. The reader gets an appreciation for the strength of these children and the repulsiveness of what they endured. The depictions of violence in the text are surprisingly graphic, considering the target audience, and expectedly heart-wrenching. This is a compelling story, reinforced by equally impactful photography, with lessons about an important episode in our nation¿s history,
karafrib on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Don¿t worry about your children. Don¿t hold them back if they want to go to jail¿They are carving a tunnel of hope through the great mountain of despair.¿ These were the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to the crowd that had gathered in Brown Chapel in Selma, Alabama. The year was 1965 and the Civil Rights movement in the United States was in full swing. In Selma, children and teenagers were some of the most involved freedom fighters. In Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary, author Elizabeth Partridge focuses on the stories of several children who participated in the freedom marches in Selma. Despite the dangers of getting beaten, thrown in prison, and even gassed, the children and teenagers of Selma refused to back down and show fear. They participated in the march over Pettus Bridge, which later became known as Bloody Sunday. One girl was beaten so badly on her head that her hair later needed to be shaved off so she could receive the thirty stitches necessary to close her wound. Despite such horrors, she and her friends participated in the march from Selma to the state capital in Montgomery, even though they marched through a county that was a well-known hot seat for the KKK. The students who participated in these marches would sing freedom songs when their spirits were down and rally everyone else around them. Marching for Freedom is a glimpse into a time of American history when people were willing to stand up for what they believed in, even the youngest Americans. It specifically covers the time period from January to August of 1965 and reveals how those few short months and the people of Selma were instrumental in the passing of the Voting Rights Act. It illustrates the influence that young people can and did have on society. The book is arranged chronologically leading up to the march to Montgomery. Once the march begins, the books chapters are divided up by counting the days of the march (¿Day One, Day Two,¿ etc.) and have the day and date as well as the end goal of the march that day. This organization makes the book easy to follow. There are pictures on every two page spread with captions, and they are always pictures of what the book is covering on those pages. This format makes the text--which is divided into two columns-- seem less daunting and allows readers to see the actual participants, and in some cases the events, of the time. This book is best suited for grades 6 and up.
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