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To Be a Slave [Paperback]

By Julius Lester (Author) & Tom Feelings (Illustrator)
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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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Item Specifications...

Studio: Puffin
Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 18, 2000
Publisher   Puffin
Age  10-14
ISBN  0141310014  
ISBN13  9780141310015  
UPC  051488005995  

Availability  95 units.
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More About Julius Lester & Tom Feelings

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Julius Lesterhas published many books of fiction, nonfiction, children's books, and poetry. Among the awards these books have received are the Newbery Honor Medal, American Library Association Notable Book, National Jewish Book Award Finalist, The New York Times Outstanding Book, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, Caldecott Honor Book, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and a National Book Award Finalist. His books have been translated into eight languages."

Julius Lester currently resides in Amherst, in the state of Massachusetts.

Julius Lester has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Picture Puffin Books
  2. Puffin Modern Classics
  3. Tales of Uncle Remus

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( L ) > Lester, Julius
3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Other
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > People of Color
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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!
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.

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