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Almost to Freedom von Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
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Almost to Freedom (2003. Auflage)

von Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (Autor), Colin Bootman (Autor)

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Tells the story of a young girl's dramatic escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad, from the perspective of her beloved rag doll.
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Titel:Almost to Freedom
Autoren:Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (Autor)
Weitere Autoren:Colin Bootman (Autor)
Info:Carolrhoda Books ® (2003), Edition: Later Printing., 40 pages
Sammlungen:Picture Books, Deine Bibliothek
Bewertung:***1/2
Tags:African-American, Slavery, Underground Railroad, CSK, BotB, BIPoC, DBL

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Almost to Freedom is an imaginative story of the Underground Railroad told from the POV of a rag doll who becomes an observer to all the things that are happening to her little girl, Lindy, and her family. She sees Lindy’s father taken away for trying to escape, and then sees Lindy beaten by the plantation’s overseer. Then one night, Lindy and her mother steal away and are later reunited with her father, before taking a dangerous journey across the river and through the woods to a home where kind white people hide them in their cellar. But when slave catchers come searching, they, once again, run, leaving the little doll behind, wondering what’s next for her.

I’ve been searching for good diverse children’s literature that will teach kids about various aspects of history, and I can say that this would be a good book to help them learn about slavery and the Underground Railroad. It can be difficult to find a balance between a story being realistic but also appropriate for younger readers, and I think this one found that balance. It shows how slaves were mistreated and the dangerous reality of attempting escape, but manages to do so in a relatively gentle way that hopefully wouldn’t upset children. This is accomplished in part by telling the story from the doll’s POV, which is definitely an imaginative and different way to narrate. Colin Bootman’s illustrations won the Coretta Scott King Award and I can see why. They are extremely well-drawn and a beautiful complement to the story. My only issue with the book is that, because the little doll was dropped in their haste to leave, the reader never finds out what happened to Lindy and her family. After reading the author’s note at the end of the story, which explains her inspiration for writing it, I understood why she wrote it the way she did, but I still couldn’t help being just a little disappointed. Otherwise, Almost to Freedom is a good book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to teach kids about slavery and the Underground Railroad. ( )
  mom2lnb | Dec 5, 2020 |
I really liked this book and thought it was a heartwarming story. I love the fact that the story was from the perspective of the girls doll. I think that this story would be good to use in a history class because it gives incite into what it was like for African American children during this time period. I think the use of the doll will help more children to feel connected to the story. ( )
  KatelynDawn | Apr 6, 2020 |
I thought this book was amazing for good elementary readers. This story was written from a young slave girls rag doll, made by her mom, Miz Lindy. The little girl goes through some pretty bad things but the story was really good. ( )
  JaJennings | Dec 4, 2018 |
This story was written in the perspective of a young slave girls rag doll. Her doll was made by her mother Miz Lindy. The doll explains her and Lindy's road to freedom. The cruelty that the little girl endures is very upsetting so I do not think that I would read this book to younger students. The message is a very good one. At one point Lindy's family is staying with people that will house them before they go on the underground railroad. When the house gets raided poor Lindy leaves Sally (the doll) behind. The doll is left in the cellar for years and years, but one day a new family moves in another girl named Willa adopts her. Sally then lives many years alone and lonely in the white family’s cellar until a new family of slaves on the run appear, and a little girl adopts Sally as her own doll. i enjoyed that the story was written in the perspective of a doll because it is more enjoyable for a younger audience. This story was inspired by a museum exhibit that was in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There was a rag doll and the author was inspired to write a story about it. I would definitely read this book to my older students and it is a chance to educated them on slavery without having to lecture them. ( )
  Kaitlin_villoutreix | Nov 14, 2017 |
A story of the road to freedom through the underground railroad as told by a handmade slave child's doll.
  annereid1 | Feb 21, 2017 |
This story is set in the 1800s. It is about a girl named Lindy and her family’s Underground Railroad experience. The book is told through the eyes of Lindy’s beloved rag doll, Sally. Lindy’s mom, Miz Rachel, makes Sally, and she and Lindy instantly become best friends: they eat, sleep, and even pick cotton on the plantation together. Wherever Lindy goes, so does Sally. So, when Lindy’s family decides to escape to freedom, Sally goes along to. One night while hiding in a basement, slave catchers approach. In a haste to leave, Sally is left behind. Sally is alone in the dark basement, and she worries that she will never be found. But soon, another escaping family comes along. Sally becomes the new owner of Willa, who changes her name to Belinda.
hinzugefügt von CourtneyRice15 | bearbeitenTeaching Lit, Courtney Rice (Apr 17, 2015)
 
As she explains in an author's note, Nelson... was inspired to write this story by a folk art museum's exhibit of black rag dolls, a few of which were discovered in Underground Railroad hideouts. Narrating this touching tale is a doll named Sally.... Through Sally's perceptive eyes, readers catch a hard-hitting glimpse of slave life.... A captivating account of escape via the Underground Railroad includes many suspenseful moments, among them a hasty departure from a safehouse that results in Lindy's inadvertently leaving Sally behind. ... Nelson's writing is immediate and often lyrical. Yet it is Bootman's... realistic paintings, distinctive for their skillful use of light and darkness, that best convey the story's pathos and urgency. Ages 6-10.
hinzugefügt von CourtyardSchool | bearbeitenPublishers Weekly (Oct 27, 2003)
 
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A doll is a witness who cannot die, with a doll you are never alone. --Margaret Atwood
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For my best friend, Keith Anthony Jones, and Adjuda Thomas and her family. Also, special thanks to Yaneek Cambell and Ansel Pitcairn. This book would not have been possible without their help.
-Colin
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I started out no more'n a bunch of rags on a Virginia plantation.
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