Hired Hand (The Hired Hand) A Retelling

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Out of greed, Young Sam tries to duplicate the healing powers of the new hired hand at his Virginia saw mill, but when he ends up killing a woman instead of curing her, he learns to repent his old ways.--from the publisher

An award-winning author/illustrator team bring to life a folk tale, based on an account by a black Virginian that was first written down in 1871, though it was told orally generations earlier.---from the publisher

Old Sam hires a man to help out at his saw mill, and the hired hand also teaches Sam's lazy son a lesson about how to treat people.---from the publisher

40 pages                            978-0142404508                         Ages 8-11

Keywords: African American, African American illustrator, historical fiction, 19th century, laziness, greed, folktale, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, values, immortality, magic, redemption, storytelling

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