Item description for From Slave Ship to Freedom Road by Julius Lester...
Overview Paintings portray the story of slavery from its beginnings, and are accompanied by literary interpretations
Publishers Description Rod Brown and Julius Lester bring history to life in this profoundly moving exploration of the slave experience. From the Middle Passage to the auction block, from the whipping post to the fight for freedom, this book presents not just historical facts, but the raw emotions of the people who lived them. Inspired by Rod Brown's vivid paintings, Julius Lester has written a text that places each of us squarely inside the skin of both slave and slaveowner. It will capture the heart of every reader, black or white, young or old. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults An NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies A Booklist Editors' Choice Book
Citations And Professional Reviews From Slave Ship to Freedom Road by Julius Lester has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 91
Publishers Weekly - 12/13/1999 page 85
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 55
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 83
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 68
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 108
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 11.04" Height: 0.21" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1999
ISBN 0140566694 ISBN13 9780140566697 UPC 051488006992
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More About Julius Lester
Julius Lester turned to writing after spending time as a photographer, musician, and political activist in the 1960s. His more than forty books for adults and children have garnered many awards, including ALA Notable citations and a Coretta Scott King Honor. To Be a Slave was a Newbery Honor Book, and John Henry received a Boston Globe-Horn Book award and a Caldecott Honor.
Julius Lester currently resides in Amherst, in the state of Massachusetts.
Reviews - What do customers think about From Slave Ship to Freedom Road?
I disagree with this book for young children Jul 18, 2004
Don't be fooled by the looks of this book. It isn't for little kids. This powerful narrative asks students to step into the role of a middle passage slave, a master whipping a slave, an abolitionist, and a salve who has just been set free after the Civil War. For classroom use I would send small sections home with CAREFULLY selected students for them to practice reading as a homework assignment. By numbering their entries, students can circle in order to read their parts aloud in order. To be on the safe side, sending permission slips home to parents might be a good idea. This is powerful, expect to see emotions from your students. I would not use it with students any younger than 8th grade, and that might be pushing it.
Amazing is not strong enough Nov 20, 2003
I am a college student that had this book read to me in one of my literacy classes. I have never seen a "children's" book so powerful. Most elementary social studies books give a less graphic approach to slavery. I think that this is a great book to use in the classroom. Many history books paint a more rosie picture of slavery. This book can open up the eyes of many students. I fear though that parents and administrators may be disapproving of this text. That probably is because they are afraid or ashamed of history. This book would work wonders for a social issues literacy discussion. Students are encouraged to reflect feelings of empathy not sympathy when reading this book. This is a wonderful book and I encourage teachers and parents everywhere to use it when dealing with the topic of slavery. It can open many people's eyes!!!!
A powerful exploration of African-American history Nov 17, 2001
"From Slave Ship to Freedom Road" combines text by Julius Lester with the superb paintings of Rod Brown. Together they tell the story of African-American enslavement and freedom.
Brown's paintings are truly stunning. He creates images that are often disturbing and graphic: men chained together like cargo in a slave ship's hold, a slave's back bloody with fresh welts, etc. But he also renders the faces of people with great care and tenderness.
At times, I felt that Lester's text was a bit too racially charged (for example, he includes separate "Imagination Exercises" for black and white readers). But on the whole, this is a moving and educational book. Also, there is text and an illustration explaining how many whites risked their lives to help escaped slaves; this aspect of the book is an effective celebration of racial reconciliation.
This book is a "must read" for all children! Nov 13, 1999
Julius Lester has an amazing way with words in this powerful book about the journey to America on the slaveship. The illustrator, Rod Brown, is phenomenal! The two of them together made this book a tool for empowering young people to understand the experiences of Africans coming to America against their will. Although some of the content is tear-jerking and painful, it is necessary reading for all upper elementary and higher grade students. Adults should read it too!
Never have words and pictures been more perfect together. Jun 28, 1999
Even though the book is for children it will open the eyes and heart of anyone that reads it. It's like the painting was done as the story was written. I had a chance to meet Rod Brown and he does an excellent job of reviewing the book while displaying his art work. I was moved to tears.