- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 990L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810937980
- ISBN-13: 978-0810937987
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Brown: His Fight for Freedom Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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I give 4 out of 5 stars only because of the fact that this book doesn't include other amazing John Brown illustrations by John Hendrix. You can find them on his website and elsewhere online, and I was disappointed that they didn't make it into this book.
Sorry, can't get enough of Hendrix!
One time when he was at church, he noticed that his black friends were seated in the back pew. The Browns' pew was the best in the house and when he insisted they trade places the congregation "demanded that John and his family leave the church immediately." His fight did not end in a small church, but continued on through the years and around the nation. Frederick Douglass was "impressed with this mighty foe of slavery." By 1854 he was thumping on pro-slavery groups in Kansas and became a wanted man for all his efforts. He met Harriet Tubman and found an ally. He had a plan to attack Harpers Ferry, Virginia, but would he succeed or die trying?
This biography is an excellent, scholarly work and an extremely fascinating read. I liked the easy pace of the story and was impressed with the amount of information contained in its pages. John Brown, a man with ideas before his time, was portrayed as a man who was so dedicated to his cause he would literally die for it if he had to. The artwork was very appealing with its bold, vibrant and no nonsense illustrations. In the back of the book the author discusses John Brown and offers some of his own opinions. There is an index and select sources, many of which could be used for additional research if a student so chose to do so. This is a sparkling biography that makes John Brown come alive and speak his piece once again!
The pictures are fun and bright and add a lot to the book. The text
would be perfect for an older group of readers, such as junior high or high school students.
An author's note explains why Hendrix came to write the book and shows where Hendrix obtained his information. The book also includes a list of sources.
A bite of the book:"Like a great fuming tornado, John swept across the plains to fight for Kansas. He fought many battles on those windy plains, but it was a dark night along Pottawatomie Creek that made him notorious. John and his sons stormed the houses of five pro-slavery settlers who had been threatening his family and other abolitionists, took the men to the creek, and killed them with broadswords. John's ruthless tactics spread fear into the hearts of the Border Ruffians and others, but also branded John a crazed madman...."
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Message: terrorism and murder are good things if the cause is a good cause.