- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 and up
- Lexile Measure: 1100L (What's this?)
- Series: For Kids series
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Chicago Review Press (June 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569767173
- ISBN-13: 978-1569767177
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 11 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frederick Douglass for Kids: His Life and Times, with 21 Activities (For Kids series) Paperback – June 1, 2012
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This book is the most complete work on Frederick Douglass for children that I have ever seen. The author has taken great pains to include authentic research in a way that children can really digest in a fun way. Mrs. Sanders has a creative style that takes history and makes it come alive. I highly recommend this book. As an elementary teacher looking for ways to take history off the pages and plant it in hearts, I am thoroughly pleased with this purchase.
Born as Frederick Augustine Washington Baily, the young slave boy from Baltimore, Maryland was taken from his mother, lived with his grandmother and then was sent into slavery at a young age. Throughout the book we learn how he spoke out against the atrocities of slavery and took the most courageous risks through the Underground Railroad to become a free man. We also discover that his name was changed to protect his true identity. His life was one of many hardships and tragedies, yet he rose above it all to become a revered speaker against slavery, an author and a leader in the abolitionist and civil rights movements.
I really enjoyed every aspect of this book. In addition to the astounding life story of Douglas, there many excellent photographs and feature boxes with fascinating facts about other abolitionists and key figures of the era. The 21 activities in the book, such as forming a debate club, taking action in the current world slave market and making a carpet bag, are among the best I've seen in any of the Chicago Review Press books I've read. In the back of the book are resources and a detailed index I found myself using often to cross-reference information.
Now that I've read this book, I am so much more knowledgeable about not only Douglas, but also slavery, the Civil War, civil rights and the abolitionist movement. Frederick Douglas will live on as one of the bravest and brightest Americans in history, and reading this book will inspire children to think about what they should stand up for - or against. Simply put, Frederick Douglas for Kids: The Life and Times with 21 Activities an invaluable resource and a spectacular book that should be read by every American child (and parent too).
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