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Recounts the life of a Kentuckian who was sold as a boy by his own white father, made several unsuccessful attempts to escape before freeing himself, fought in the Union army, and emigrated to Canada
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Hope Irvin Marston is a retired junior high school library media specialist and the author of twenty children's books. Her biography of Isaac Johnson grew out of her work as a researcher and writer for the St. Lawrence County (NY) Historical Association. 'I was intrigued by this outstanding black man,' she says. 'What he accomplished against great odds makes him a super role model. Meeting his grandson was an unexpected reward for the time I spent researching Isaac's life.'A second reward was the naming of this biography as a Notable Children's Trade Book in Social Studies.Mrs. Marston lives in Black River, New York, with her husband, Arthur, and two dogs: an energetic fawn boxer and a lovable golden retriever. When Maria Magdalena Brown was in kindergarten in her native Hungary, she drew a Mother's Day picture, which caught her teacher's attention. 'Someday Maria is going to be a great artist,' the teacher said. That compliment has had a lasting influence on Maria's life.Maria and her family emigrated to Otsego County, New York, in 1961 when she was seven years old. Now as the wife of a New York State forester and mother of two grown sons, she is fulfilling her teacher's prophecy. One of her major works is a 9 x 24-foot mural painted in oils for the West Canada Valley (NY) Elementary School. Maria lives nearby in Newport, New York.From Booklist:
Gr. 5^-8. Basing her book on Johnson's 1901 autobiography Slavery Days in Old Kentucky, Marston brings the remarkable story of Isaac Johnson to life. Born in 1844, Isaac lived with his mother, a slave, and his father, a Kentucky slave owner, until he was seven years old. The author movingly describes the day the sheriff arrived and took Isaac, his three siblings, and his mother to an auction where they were separated and sold. Isaac's difficult life is described, as are his eventual escape, his service with the Union Army, and his search for his family, which led him to the horrible truth that his own father had sold them. Marston also describes Isaac's later years in Canada, where he married and earned his living as a respected stonemason. The narrative becomes flat and rushed in the final chapters, but the book has several affecting scenes and concludes with a particularly poignant excerpt in which Johnson proclaims the indomitable spirit of his people. Bibliography. Shelley Townsend-Hudson
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Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0525651659
Book Description Dutton Books for Young Readers, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0525651659
Book Description Dutton Books for Young Readers, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110525651659