Smith, Charles R and Illustrated by Cooper, Floyd Brick by Brick 32 pgs. Amistad, 2013. $13.36. Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
It took more people than could be found to build the first White House. So slaves were brought in, they toiled without pay, by hand to build the White House. They also learned skills from craftsman that later enable them the chance to make money to earn their freedom.
I did not know that slaves helped to build the first White House so I was eager to read this book and learn more. But the story is very lyrical, and not all that clear. Students would not understand this book without teacher guidance. I think teachers would find this book to be a valuable component for a lesson on US History, Slavery, and American Symbols. The artwork is pixilated and washed out, but the pages are large enough that the visuals and unique viewpoint would make an impact.
Elementary –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.