"What scares the head is best done with the heart" and that is the kind of courage that twelve year old Christmas John summons from himself when Granny Judith asks him to row young Molly across the river to freedom in Ohio. If he's caught by the dogs, he'll be flayed with the rawhide whips for sure. But, courage in hand, he picks up the oars and rows Molly to safety. Over and over Christmas John will make the trip and on his return Granny Judith will ask him to tell her the color of the clothing of the person he has taken to freedom to add to her quilt. This is a dramatic telling of the bravery and daring of the slaves who believed they could escape to free states. Created from "a remarkable body of work called the Slave Narrative Collection, " it will cause any reader to pause and reflect. The amazing illustrations of E.B. Lewis lend dignity and poignancy with his dramatic use of darkness and light. E.B. Lewis always brings a powerful sensitivity to his work and his balance of color, shadow and tone are in complete synchronicity with the intensity of this story. 40 pages Ages 7-11
Night Boat to Freedom
Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, October 2006
Social Studies Curriculum
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