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Rod Brown's paintings are achingly vivid, so much so that a few may be too powerful for younger children. Certain depictions are difficult even for adults to bear: a lynched man with the bloody blows of a whip marking his back; slaves stacked seven-high in the hold of a ship, packed onto shelves with less room than the drawers of a morgue; and black bodies bobbing in the ocean. These are horrible images, but nonetheless historically accurate and important to remember. Brown took seven years to create these startling images, and his careful attention is reflected in the paintings' power and emotion. Children may be initially startled by From Slave Ship to Freedom Road, but they will also be engaged and enlightened. (Ages 10 to 13) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
These voices allow the story to be told so as not to offend, but to enlighten.
At times, I felt that Lester's text was a bit too racially charged (for example, he includes separate "Imagination Exercises" for black and white readers).
I am a college student that had this book read to me in one of my literacy classes.
I really love this book the stories from the underground railroad are greats. I love to read African-American History. Read morePublished 1 month ago by susieq
Am doing integrated drama and language arts. Great book and great servicePublished 2 months ago by Lynda Belt
I picked this up for my student's unit on slavery and the Civil War and was shocked at the white vs. black theme addressed toward the readers in this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sean
Our son is studying the Civil War in elementary school and we felt slave life as it was being presented in class was very watered down. Read morePublished 13 months ago by jay
This book started from the illustrations, and the text was added later. In fact, the text is hardly necessary, the illustrations are so compelling. Read morePublished on March 6, 2011 by M. Heiss