One of the really fun things about having kids in elementary school is re-living what I learned as a child. I always loved school and have always been an avid reader. I have to admit though, I’ve lost some of the information learned over the years and my memory is not what it used to be! I’ve found that reading history with my kids helps me remember all the details as well!
My kids haven’t gotten to the life of Frederick Douglass yet but Frederick’s Journey about his life was a great introduction and a great history re-cap for me!
My kids are six and seven and this book was designed for 6 – 8 year olds so it was perfect for them. I had my seven year old read it out loud to us as part of his required reading for homework.
The illustrations are beautiful and every single one looks like a work of art and is the perfect companion to the story. Once you are familiar with the story you could almost just retell it through the pictures without reading the words.
This is a man whose life is an incredible story of hope and perseverance. He is a success story of a man born a slave who suffered for years but because of his determination to learn to read, was able to successfully live as a free man. His life is an inspiration and the type I want my children to look to for inspiration.
My kids haven’t learned about slavery yet so they had a lot of questions and it opened the door to some really interesting conversations. It’s hard watching them learn about the ways of the world but it’s a necessary evil. History is a part of the landscape of who we all are so it’s important for it to be told.
Frederick’s Journey is a great read, beautifully illustrated and historically informative.
About the Book
Frederick Douglass was born a slave. He was taken from his mother as a baby, and separated from his grandparents when he was six. He suffered hunger and abuse, but miraculously, he learned how to read. Frederick read newspapers left in the street, and secretly collected spellings from neighborhood children. Words, he knew, would set him free.
When Frederick was twenty, he escaped to the North, where he spread his abolitionist beliefs through newspaper articles, autobiographies, and speeches. He believed that all people-regardless of color or gender-were entitled to equal rights. It is Douglass’s words, as well as his life, that still provide hope and inspiration across generations.
In this installment of the critically acclaimed Big Words series, Doreen Rappaport captures Frederick’s journey from boy to man, from slavery to freedom, by weaving Frederick’s powerful words with her own. London Ladd’s strong and evocative illustrations combine with the text to create a moving portrait of an extraordinary life.
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