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Let My People Go : Bible Stories Told by a Freeman of Color [Hardcover]

By Patricia C. McKissack (Author), Fredrick L. McKissack (Author) & James E. Ransome (Illustrator)
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Item description for Let My People Go : Bible Stories Told by a Freeman of Color by Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick L. McKissack & James E. Ransome...

Twelve Old Testament classics are retold in the dramatic voice of Price Jeffries, a free black Southerner of post-Revolutionary times, who is trying to explain to his curious daughter--through biblical reference--the injustices of their world.

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""Come join me as I take you back to Charleston, South Carolina, to my father's forge in the early 1800's. Sit with me on the woodpile as he tells a tale of faith, hope, or love.""
In this extraordinary collection, Charlotte Jefferies and her father Price, a former slave, introduce us to twelve best loved Bible tales, from Genesis to Daniel, and reveal their significance in the lives of African Americans--and indeed of all oppressed peoples.
When Charlotte wants to understand the cruel injustices of her time, she turns to her father. "Does the powerful slaveholder, Mr. Sam Riley, who seems to own all that surrounds them, also own the sun and moon?" she wonders. Price's answer is to tell the story of Creation. "How can God allow an evil like slavery to exist?" she asks. Price responds by telling the story of the Hebrews' Exodus -- and shows Charlotte that someday their people, too, will be free.
With exquisite clarity, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack and James Ransome -- a Newbery Honor winner and all Coretta Scott King Award winners -- brilliantly illuminate the parallels between the stories of the Jews and African-American history. "Let My People Go" is a triumphant celebration of both the human spirit and the enduring power of story as a source of strength.
Our hope is that this book will be like a lighthouse that can guide young readers through good times and bad....The ideas that these ancient stories hold are not for one people, at one time, in one place. They are for all of us, for all times, everywhere.
--from the Authors' Note to "Let My People Go"

Citations And Professional Reviews
Let My People Go : Bible Stories Told by a Freeman of Color by Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick L. McKissack & James E. Ransome has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1088
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/26/1998 page 62
  • Booklist - 10/01/1998 page 339
  • School Library Journal - 11/01/1998 page 124
  • Booklist - 02/15/1999 page 1068
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1998 page 70
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1999 page 6
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/1999 page 7
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books - 01/01/1998 page 48
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 42
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 31
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1999 page 70
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 44
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 37
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 934

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.33" Width: 8.78" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1998
Publisher   Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books
Age  12-15
ISBN  0689808569  
ISBN13  9780689808562  

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More About Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick L. McKissack & James E. Ransome

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Patricia and Frederick McKissack are the authors of numerous award-winning books, including REBELS AGAINST SLAVERY: AMERICAN SLAVES REVOLT and BLACK HANDS, WHITE SAILS: THE STORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WHALERS, both Coretta Scott King Honor Books, and SOJOURNER TRUTH: AIN'T I A WOMAN?, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Patricia and Frederick McKissack live in St. Louis, Missouri. John McKissack resides in Memphis, Tennessee.

Patricia C. McKissack currently resides in St. Louis, in the state of Missouri. Patricia C. McKissack was born in 1944.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
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Reviews - What do customers think about Let My People Go : Bible Stories Told by a Freeman of Color?

Good for non-readers  Oct 26, 2002
I was trying to encourage my ten year old nephew to read so I got this book for him. He doesn't like to read, especially anything long. He read this book in one week, and he kept talking about how much he liked the illustrations! A beautiful book.
I love this book as much as my young son!!!  Aug 29, 1999
I can't really put into words how much this book has meant to me as an African American Christian parent. Simultaneously, I'm educating my six year old son about great Bible stories and the plight of our ancestors. Further, we tend to get lost in both worlds while reading this astonishing book. All I can say to the authors is: Please give us more! This book is a work of art, history and faith.
Captivating illustrations and storytelling-crafted words.  Mar 12, 1999
My son and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing allowed me, the reader, to appear well-accomplished in the art of storytelling. The beautiful illustrations looked like something you'd expect to see in the Cistine Chapel. They piqued my son's interest and seemed to tell a story, even wthout the words.

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