Bryan, Ashley Freedom Over Me, Illustrated by Bryan, Ashley. PICTURE BOOK. Caitlyn Dlouhy Book (Atheneum), 2016. $17.99. Content: G
This story was inspired by a heartbreaking authentic sales manifest which included slaves and animals in the same long sales list. The author has each of these slaves introduce themselves on one set of pages, when the reader turns the page we find out the dreams that person has for themselves. Features large pages with stunning bright artwork.
This is a stellar book from a grown up perspective. It gives the voiceless a voice and reminds us that slaves had dual lives, with hopes and dream and secrets and goals beyond their drudgery. For an elementary teacher who had built a foundation on the issue of slavery, this book would be useful in bringing to the people to life.EL –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.