Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton

by Don Tate

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ISBN-13: 9781682630624
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 36
Sales rank: 823,440
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Don Tate is the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. In 2013, he earned an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Award for his first picture book text, It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw.

Don Tate is the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. In 2013, he earned an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Award for his first picture book text, It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw.

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Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Young George was determined to learn how to read, but because he was a slave, this was difficult, in fact it was against the law. He listened to the white children when they practiced their lessons, and then he found an old spelling book and taught himself how to read. As a teenager he sold fruit and vegetables grown on his farm to the students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to make money to live off the plantation. He recited poetry he had composed and soon students were paying him to compose love poems to their girlfriends. Then the wife of a professor, a poet herself, arranged for his poems to be published. George was soon making enough money to pay his master to let him live and write in Chapel Hill, but his master refused to let him purchase his freedom. It wasn’t until 1863 when President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that George was finally free. He was then 66 years old. This story is told in a lovely fashion with beautiful illustrations. So many books on slavery deal with the brutality of slavery which was a huge part, but for children this book will get a message across in a gentler way. Tate also includes a short list of references for further reading, as well as a moving author's note that provides some additional historical and personal context for Poet. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.