Monday, February 6, 2012
Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass
I am in love with this book,Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass.
Our third grader has a poster report this month. It was not easy to find a non-fiction story at his ready level. We were in the library for 3 hours!!! We picked books on Gandhi and Einstein because let's be honest, I did not want to go there...I really tried to avoid slavery!!However this book is so well written and the illustrations are amazing. The author and illustrator did perfectly delivered this story with grace, compassion and pride.
So we really loved the story of young Frederick Douglas. First, it is a true and beautiful story. Second, it did encourage our son to write and believe that "words can set him free". Finally, as parents we had to confront our discomforts about slavery and race discrimination. I wished we had access to story like that when I was a kid...
I also love this story because it is an eloquent and subtle way to teach children that nothing in life comes easily. Finally, it is encouraging me to write children books one day about being immigrant, specially when our son asks if he is African, African American, or French American or just American...
Thousands of thanks to the author Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrator James E Ransome for this book.
It is a perfect gift for African American History Month...
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