Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Listeners by Gloria Whelan

Whelan, Gloria The Listeners, illustrated by Mike Benny. Sleeping Bear Press, 2009. $17.95. PICTURE BOOK. Three young slaves are given the task of carefully listening to the Master and Mistress as they talk about life on the plantation about the slaves’ lives in particular. Bit by bit, Whelan reveals the life of a field slave and the terror the slaves are constantly in as they do what they can to find out information that affects their very lives. This would be good for almost any level of class as an introduction to the concept of slavery and a look at the very real lives of slaves. EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library-Teacher

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