Freedom River

Freedom River

Hardcover(1 ED)

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One thousand feet across the Ohio River lay Ripley, Ohio-and freedom. Before the Civil War, Kentucky was a slave state, while Ohio remained free. Time and time again, John Parker, an ex-slave who had bought his own freedom, led Kentucky slaves across a thin stretch of river to Ohio, and safety. These dangerous journeys demanded a tremendous amount of courage, planning, and faith. Freedom River is based on a true story of one man's determination to help an African American family escape from slavery along the legendary Underground Railroad.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786803507
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 08/01/2000
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 10.37(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Doreen Rappaport has written numerous award-winning books for children, including: Freedom Ship and The School Is Not White (both illustrated by Curtis James); Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book; and John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon, also illustrated by Bryan Collier. She lives and writes in upstate New York.

Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award winner Bryan Collier has created art for many award winning children's books, including his master achievements, Rosa, Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom River, and John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon. Bryan lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

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Freedom River 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
colliercritics on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good book to read to students when introducing slavery. It takes you through one man's journey to help other family's reach freedom. The illustrations in this book help you get a better understanding of the words, you can tell just by the pictures what the story entails.
CollierStudy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Freedom River is a picture storybook based on a true story about a man who helps a slave family cross the Ohio River into freedom. This book is appropriate for developing readers, as it has a more complex plot and detailed illustrations. The dark, muted tones of the illustrations create synergy in Freedom River by conveying the mood and tone of the story. The colors evoke the feelings of desperation and determination of the characters. Bryan Collier uses symbolism in his illustrations to represent crossing the river into freedom. He also believes in guardians who protect us and incorporated guardians of the escaping slave family into his illustrations. This is a wonderful book to read when teaching children about the Underground Railroad and slavery. This book has won the Coretta Scott King Award.
whitneyw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The graphics for this book are excellent. I would read the book and other Corretta Scott King Award books during black history month. I would also use this book to introduce a lesson in the Underground railroard in a way where the students can visualize it.
eward06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This represents a Historical Fiction because it brings together historical facts and the imagination. It weaved together pieces of factual information by expressing an African American man's story during slavery, while sparking the imagination. It is not fantasy nor non-fiction and the story takes place during a specific period in history.