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Book Title: Almost to Freedom|
The author of the book: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Edition: Carolrhoda Books
The size of the: 385 KB
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Date of issue: January 1st 2003
ISBN 13: 9781575053424
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Published: 2003, Carolrhoda Books, Inc.
This book is narrated by a ragdoll named Sally owned by a runaway little slave girl. It is through her eyes that we see the hardships of slavery and a family’s frightening adventure to freedom.
Throughout the book the author uses the dialect of southern black slaves, such as, “Your name be Sally. We gonna be best friends.” Colin Bootman’s oil painted illustrations add so much to the text by showing the emotion of the characters. Deep colors like purples and browns are used with dark backgrounds to give the reader the feeling of the darkness of the night and intensity of the moment. The authors note at the end of the story explains her visit to a museum that inspired the book and a picture of the real doll. Research was done to create authentic characters in their language and dress, and to give the reader background information of the Underground Railroad. The author also provides a glossary of historical words and phrases used in the story. The book can be used to introduce what slavery was like for children and how they many times used the Underground Railroad to escape. It portrays the cruelty of slavery but with a softness for younger readers. The story has a historically accurate plot that centers around love, friendship, separation, and courage.
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Read information about the authorVaunda Micheaux Nelson loves bringing books and children together and feels lucky to have two careers that foster this. The children's librarian and author says, "It was destined from the day I was born. My mother found my name in a novel she was reading."
Vaunda's first book, Always Gramma, was selected by the Children's Book Council as a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. Mayfield Crossing won the Georgia Children's Book in 1995, and Beyond Mayfield received a 1999 Parents' Choice Gold Award. Almost to Freedom, her most recent title, received a Coretta Scott King Honor for illustration in 2004. In addition, Vaunda's poetry has been published in Cricket and Cicada magazines.
Vaunda has been a teacher, newspaper reporter, bookseller, school librarian, and twice a member of the Newbery Award Committee. She holds master's degrees from The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, Vermont, and from the University of Pittsburgh School of Library and Information Science. Her memberships include the SCBWI, the American Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children. The Pennsylvania native is currently the young adult librarian at a public library in New Mexico, where she lives with her husband, Drew, and two cats.
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