Item description for To Be a Slave by Julius Lester & Tom Feelings...
Overview A compilation, selected from various sources and arranged chronologically, of the reminiscences of slaves and ex-slaves tells about their experiences, from the leaving of Africa through the Civil War and into the early twentieth century. A Newbery Honor Book. Reissue.
Publishers Description The actual words of slaves and former slaves are interwoven with Julius Lester's historical commentary and Tom Feelings's dramatic paintings, bringing to life what it meant to be someone else's property -- to be a slave, no better than a table or chair. The standard text in schools and universities.
Citations And Professional Reviews To Be a Slave by Julius Lester & Tom Feelings has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 135
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 55
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 113
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 91
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Dec 18, 2000
ISBN 0141310014 ISBN13 9780141310015 UPC 051488005995
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More About Julius Lester & Tom Feelings
Julius Lester is an American writer and an academic who taught for over three decades at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is also a photographer, as well as a musician who recorded two albums of folk music and original songs. His very first book was an instructional music book co-authored with Pete Seeger. His children's book, To Be a Slave, was recognized for a Newbery Honor and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. He received a Caldecott Honor, among others, for the bookJohn Henry. A native of Philadelphia, Jerry Pinkney studied at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) where, in 1992 he received the Alumni Award. He has been illustrating children's books since 1964, illustrating over one hundred titles, and earned the Caldecott Medal for his nearly wordless picture book The Lion & the Mouse in 2010. Among his many other accolades he has also been the recipient of five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards and four Coretta Scott King Honors, five New York Times Best Illustrated Book awards, and in 2006 the Original Art's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY.In addition to his work in children's books, Jerry has had over thirty one-man retrospectives at venues ranging from the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL to the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA. He has exhibited in over one hundred group shows in the USA, Japan, Russia, Italy, Taiwan and Jamaica. Jerry has illustrated for a wide variety of clients, including the U.S. Postal Service, National Park Service, and National Geographic. Jerry created art for the Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger commemorative poster, a foundation that helps bring food to those in need. He was invited to create a painting for the 30th Bologna Book Fait, Bologna, Italy and the NASA Art Collection at the John F. Kennedy Space Center. He was appointed to serve on the U.S. Postal Services Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (1982-1992). In 2001 Jerry was invited by Laura Bush to illustrate and design the White House Christmas Program. He has held professorships teaching art at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; the University of Delaware, Newark, DE; and the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. In 2003, Jerry was appointed to the National Council of the Arts - NEA (2003-2009). His art can be found in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Delaware Art Museum and the Brandywine River Art Museum.His works have been featured in The New York Times, Arts Section, American Artists Magazine, The Horn Book Magazine, The CBS Sunday Morning Show and PBS Reading Rainbow Room. Pinkney is also a past trustee for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Katonah Museum of Art. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean, in Westchester County, NY."
Julius Lester currently resides in Amherst, in the state of Massachusetts.
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Reviews - What do customers think about To Be a Slave?
Memories or Nightmares? Feb 28, 2007
"Here is a collection of the memories of ex-slaves, ranging in subject from capture in Africa to plantation life; and from early resistance to life after freedom. We learn about the hierarchy of plantation life and come to understand that the black slave fought against enslavement through music, religion--and in every way possible" (from book).
This informational black history book will grab and keep your attention from beginning to end.
A Non-Workbook, Non-Textbook Approach to Teaching Language Arts: Grades 4 Through 8 and Up
Pink Monkey Review Nov 13, 2006
The book,To Be a Slave,is an awesome book. It includes many letters, stories, biographies and autobiographies. The genre of this book is historic fiction. This book explains how it sounded to be a slave, what it looked like to be a salve, what it felt like to be a slave and what it was to be a slave. The writings within the book were very detailed.
I thought this was a very strong book. It had strong words and strong opinions in it. It was a very enjoyable book. I liked learning about how it was to be a slave. I liked the stories that were told by the slaves. I would recommend this book to 5th grade and older students. It provides the reader with literature, english and alot of information about a very important topic in history - slavery.
A.I.M. Review Nov 8, 2006
I liked the book very much. It tells a lot about what slaves went through during those times. It gives a lot of details, and it is kind of like a story. It has a beginning, middle, and end, but it is a non fiction book. The perspective of each person in the story gives you their own point of view. But, having a lot of different people in the story can be distracting. It is also hard to read because none of the words have been reworded to be able to read better. It also has a lot of bad interjections that would be inappropriate for a 4th or 5th grader. All in all, this is a great book, and I suggest that everyone read it!
UNVEILING EVEN DARKER SHAME Sep 17, 2006
This book should be required reading for all Black History classes. Lester spent long weeks researching documents in the Library of Congress, assimilating first-person accounts of runaway slaves, former slaves and descendents of slaves in order to reconstruct a shameless timeline of slavery in America. Each quotation is followed by a literary acknowledgment of one of his three main sources. Interspersed among the abundant personal recollections by long-desceased informants, the author adds his own historical introspection and insight in italics.
Presented in chronological order, this book is a veritable patchwork quilt of memories and excruciating experiences--a wholesale attempt to brainwash an entire race into calm acceptance of belief in racial inferiority and a mindset of docile, servile obedience. These testimonies include some that are humorous or poignant, as well as painfully disgusting. Bravo to the slaves who secretly refused to accept white man's judgment re their ability and innate humanity. Adopting various methods of resistance-- both subtle and openly defiant--these proud people transmitted their memories of living free in story telling format, passing down their African traditions to generations who were born into America's most shameful institution. Excellent reading for students of all levels. NB: For more information on this subject, I recommend Lester's short anthologies; THE KNEE-HIGH MAN, and LONG JOURNEY HOME.
To Be a slave Sep 15, 2006
September 15, 2006 To Be a Slave Period 1
This book is called To Be a Slave. The author is Tom feelings. This book is about a young boy who tries to get away from slavery during the 1850's. Of all the characters in To Be a slave Charley was my favorite because he was always doing what he was supposed to do. Charley was able to survive when slavery was going on. Charley is a strong, kind child. Charley has been trying to get away from slavery ever since he saw his father being whipped by a slave owner. Charley is a hardworking young man out on the field. Charley and his father are trying to get away but they are always moving around. I like this book to be a slave because it has a lot of suspense and action happening. My other favorite part of the book is that when everybody works hard they end up having a good life I strongly recommend this book because it gives a lot if good information, and about what happens during that time and how hard it is to survive during that time .hat you had to do and how it is important to know how slavery was.