Born a slave, but freed by my ancestor Theodore Sedgwick, Mumbet came to work for the family as a paid servant, and quickly found her way into the hearts of those first Sedgwicks, and through them to their descendants and now out to the wider world. With her soulful pride and majestic grace, Mumbet is a woman of lovely paradox. Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes has captured that and more in this lively and moving account of Mumbet's impressive life, a book that is sure to bring yet another generation of readers and citizens into the thrall of this great American heroine. -John Sedgwick, New York Times Bestselling Author of In My Blood --Praise for A Free Woman On God's Earth
I believe in the cause, we have to get these stories out to the children. We can't let the legacy die! Wonderfully told! -E.B. Lewis, Coretta Scott King Award Winning Illustrator of My Rows and Piles of Coins --Praise for A Free Woman On God's Earth
A Free Woman On God's Earth by Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes is a beautifully told history of one of the bravest women to grace the American landscape. Told with sensitivity and love, this story will have children wanting to learn more about the unsung heroes and heroines who shaped the course of history. Not just a book about slavery, A Free Woman On God's Earth is about the power of one voice and the triumph of the human spirit. I highly recommend this book for children and teachers. Martin Meader, Author of The Adventures of Charlie & Moon, Co-Executive Producer/Co Story Writer Paradise Road --Praise for A Free Woman On God's Earth
About the Author
Jana Laiz has been writing for as long as she can remember. She wrote her first novel at age 6: Fuzzy Wuzzy Rabbit. She is the author of the triple Award Winning novel, Weeping Under This Same Moon, Elephants of the Tsunami, written to raise money for tsunami relief, and the co-writer of A Free Woman On God's Earth, The True Story of Elizabeth Mumbet Freeman, The Slave Who Won Her Freedom. Fascinated by other cultures, Jana studied anthropology and Chinese language at University. She is a teacher, a writer, an editor, a publisher, a photographer, a mom, an animal lover and keeper of pets, a sea glass collector, a jeweler, a musician and a dreamer. She is passionate about our beautiful planet and endeavors to make a difference in the world and to work with others who feel the same. Her novel The Twelfth Stone, a Celtic American faerie tale, adventure, romance, coming of age, environmental novel for adults and young adults is due out soon. She lives in a 200-year-old farmhouse in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. Ann-Elizabeth Barnes has been a story-teller since she was a child. Her favorite thing to do is to make complicated subjects uncomplicated. She likes to do this because in school she didn t always understand the significance and order of historical events as they were presented in class. It was often a hodge-podge of events that made sense to the teachers but not so much to the kids. She loved history but didn t like it when it was described without a continuous thread that kept events in sequence. She loves context! She likes to put history in context so that it is simple to remember. So this is what she seeks to do for children. Make history interesting, simplify it, and keep it manageable! Out of this desire came the now 10 year old Mumbet in the Schools program for which she has received numerous Massachusetts Cultural Council grants and lots of help from the teachers and children in Berkshire County schools. PS this is her very first book and she is very excited!