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Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad [Paperback]

By Pamela Duncan Edwards (Author) & Henry Cole (Illustrator)
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The Barefoot, an escaped slave, must rely on the wisdom of the animals in the forest to guide him to the safety of the Underground Railroad

Publishers Description
In the dark of the night a Barefoot, an escaped slave, flees for his life. With his pursuers close behind and the moon shrouded in clouds, Barefoot must rely on the wisdom of the wild animals of the forest and swamp to guide him to the safety of the underground railroad.Innovative perspective and use of light and a spare text result in an unforgettable portrayal of one slave's journey to freedom."Another outstanding collaboration from the duo responsible for Some Smug Slug."--starred review/School Library Journal

Awards and Recognitions
Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad by Pamela Duncan Edwards & Henry Cole has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Virginia Readers Choice Award - 2001 Nominee - Primary category
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award - 2000 Nominee - Picture Book category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad by Pamela Duncan Edwards & Henry Cole has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 01/25/1999

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.78" Width: 9.98" Height: 0.11"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 15, 1998
Publisher   HarperTrophy
Age  4-8
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0064435199  
ISBN13  9780064435192  
UPC  046594005953  

Availability  0 units.

More About Pamela Duncan Edwards & Henry Cole

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Daniel Kirk is the author and/or illustrator of many children's books, including DINOSAUR, DINOSAUR, CHUGGA-CHUGGA CHOO-CHOO, LIBRARY MOUSE, DOGS RULE! and CAT POWER. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children.

Pamela Duncan Edwards currently resides in the state of Virginia. Pamela Duncan Edwards was born in 1955.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1800s
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Multicultural Stories > African-American
4Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8
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Reviews - What do customers think about Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad?

Great picture book for upper elementary  Feb 19, 2008
This is a wonderfully original book to use with students when I talk about the Underground Railroad in my class. Like the other teachers who have commented, I have found that that my 5th graders loved the book, and we built upon it as we wrote stories and created some artwork.

I find it bizarre that anyone would use this book with young kids. A kindergartener does not know what slavery or the Underground Railroad is and is not developmentally able to understand those concepts. The book still works on some level, but the children really don't know what he is escaping from.

Instead of going through all the explaining, which the 6 year olds won't listen to, but will make you feel like you gave them a history lesson on the evils of slavery (duh!), read a book appropriate book for their age level.

If it's Black History Month, why not read a fun biography. The Pinkneys have written a lot. Bill Pickett, the cowboy, might be fun or you could read Ella Fitzgerald, and then read her song A Tisket A Tasket, which was recently published as a picture book. Just don't make little kids listen to explanations of every bad thing that happened in history. They don't understand and it just confuses them.
My first choice  Nov 19, 2007
In teaching preschoolers and elementary students about the Underground Railroad, a tricky topic even for grown-ups, this book is a godsend! I recommend it to all teachers, parents, any one who is trying to get the idea of Freedom Seekers' journey north across to their children. Amazing illustrations are a big part of why it works so well, but even without them the story is easy for young ones to understand. It uses animals--always a favorite with kids--and is quite suspenseful. It's my favorite children's book on the Underground Railroad to date.
Barefoot;Escape on the Under Ground Railroad by Pamela Duncan   Sep 28, 2005
This book is a wonderful story depicting a run away slaves journey through a portion of the Underground Railroad, uniquely from the point of view of the animals who help him. The drawing are wonderful expressions of worry, fright, excitment, and joy. I would advise this book for any child, young or old, and for any classroom.
Wonderful book to illustrate point of view  Aug 14, 2001
I ordered this book to use as a read aloud with my fifth grade's class study of the Civil War. Little did I know that it would be a valuable tool for teaching point of view. This is a wonderfully suspenseful short of a young slave's escape through the woods on his way to the first stop on the Underground Railroad. What makes this story unique is that it is told from the forest animals' perspective. Well written, well illustrated, and destined to become a classic. Wendy
Barefoot Through the Pages of History  Jan 5, 2001
As a fifth grade teacher, I am always looking for a book to entice my students and help them to gain background knowledge. This book is a phenomenal find. It puts the reader/listener right into the fear and terror of being a runaway slave from the very first sentence. But, more than that, is the unique way the author has chosen to present the story. I can think of no better book to present the topic of point of view. Not only is the story told from the point of view of the forest animals that the runaway encounters, but the illustrations NEVER alter the affect. Each picture shows the runaway from the eye level/view of the animal that is reacting to his presence. It is a very powerful book.

This story has generated intense discussions as to whether or not they believe the animals consciously helped the barefoot escape the heavy boots, or whether the occurrences were merely coincidental. The students embrace the tone of the book and will often discuss how they originally did not care for the illustrations because they were too dark and made it difficult to see the details, but soon realized that they mimic what the barefoot is seeing -- a potent tool in immersing them in the story.

The students were so enthralled by the way the point of view of the story was presented that they asked to write their own stories based on the point of view of our classroom pet, S'mores the Guinea Pig. Some choose to write from their own pet's point of view. Each and every one of the stories were wonderful to read, and though some may have been lacking in conventions and spelling, EVERY one of them shouted with an author's voice that was astounding.


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