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Mary Kay Carson has written more than 15 nonfiction books for children, including The Wright Brothers for Kids, Easy Science Activity Journals, and Space. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Grade 5-9–Beginning with a time line that traces the history of slavery in America, this thorough overview includes a narrative history, many quotes from primary sources, archival drawings and photographs, and 21 related projects. The main text is printed in black ink; quotations from historical sources are printed in sepia, as are the illustrations. Brief biographies are provided for famous conductors such as Harriet Tubman, and the many stationmasters, brakemen, and courageous African-American and white individuals who served as guides. The volume is densely packed with information. Occasionally the material introduced in the text is repeated in the sidebars. The activities seem geared to a younger audience than the one to which the rest of the book is addressed and are in some cases simplistic and potentially offensive. For example, dressing up like Seminoles or tying up one's passion in a cloth sack or wearing a disguise seem to trivialize rather than enhance the experiences that are described. Some of the projects may be used by a perceptive and sensitive teacher to spark meaningful discussion, but for the general nonfiction shelves, this is not a first purchase. Try James Haskins's Following Freedom's Star (Marshall Cavendish, 2001) instead.–Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH
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Book Description Paw Prints 2008-04-18, 2008. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111435261739