Friday, May 22, 2015

Freedom School by Lesa Cline-Ransome-OPTIONAL

Cline-Ransome, Lesa. Ill. By James E. Ransome, Freedom's School. Disney Hyperion, 2015. $17.99. PICTURE BOOK.

After her family is freed from slavery, Lizzie’s parents decide it is time for her and her brother to go to school. The bit she learned there, however, made her thirsty for more. It wasn’t easy to get there, though. Angry white folks, bad weather, and extreme temperatures made the long trek seem longer. Will the schoolhouse withstand the challenges the students and teacher face?

The story is touching and teaches readers and children about the importance of bravery. The illustrations are detailed, look realistic, and complement the well-written text. Readers and young children who like true stories will enjoy reading this book or having it read to them. PreK, EL (K-3). OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.

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