Thursday, June 25, 2009

Molly Bannaky by Alice McGill

McGill, Alice Molly Bannaky, illustrated by Chris K. Soenpiet. Sandpiper (Houghton), 1999 (paperback 2009). $6.99. PICTURE BOOK. At the age of 17, Molly Walsh was sentenced to seven years indentured servitude in the New World for twice allowing a cow to kick over her pail of milk. In the New World, Molly served her time, cleared herself some land and bought a slave, Bannacky, whom she later married and with whom she raised a small family. In time, her grandson Benjamin Banneker became a learned man, a scientist and a mathematician. It is nice to discover true stories of courageous women and men from a time where history seems to try to tell us that every black was stupid and women were only fit to be ruled by their men. EL – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library-Teacher

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