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Priscilla and the Hollyhocks Hardcover – February 1, 2008

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When Priscilla’s mother is sold to a new owner and the two are separated, the young slave girl finds solace in her mother’s hollyhock patch. As she grows older, the kind words of a white businessman, Basil Silkwood, instill in Priscilla a desire to attend school, but she is soon sold to a Cherokee family, and her life of servitude continues. As the family embarks on the grueling journey west, known as the 1838 “Trail of Tears,” she again meets the compassionate Silkwood, who purchases her freedom. Alter’s appealing acrylic illustrations, rendered in single- and double-page spreads and framed close-ups, elevate the emotion of the story and echo the flattened perspective and thick outlines of folk art. Based on real events, Broyles’ poetic and colloquial narrative, voiced by a grown Priscilla, ends with the girl sowing the seeds of her mother’s hollyhocks near her new home with the Silkwoods and an author’s note detailing the historical basis of the story. Grades 2-4. --Kristen McKulski

About the Author

Anne Broyles is the author of many books, including SHY MAMA'S HALLOWEEN, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. She lives in North Andover, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge; New edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570916756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570916755
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kirsten G. Cutler on May 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Broyles, Anne. Priscilla and the Hollyhocks. Illustrated by Anna Alter. Charlesbridge. 2008.

This is a poignant story about a young quadroon slave girl who loves hollyhocks because the flowers represent one strong memory she can hang onto of her mother who was sold away from her when she was a very young child. An old slave on the plantation "recollected me `twas Ma planted hollyhocks along the white picket fence by the cow pond" and shows Priscilla how to make the hollyhock dolls her mother enjoyed creating. Every Sunday, Priscilla hides among the hollyhocks, and lets her flower dolls "dance `cross the pond. My smile escaped at the joy of it." One day, a Mr. Silkwood who is visiting the plantation speaks to her; and then sadly pronounces that he does not believe in slavery, "A child like you deserves more." When her first owner dies, Priscilla is purchased by a Cherokee master, "Another plantation, same life. I learnt my duties in the Cherokee's house", and eventually ends up on the Trail of Tears with him when his family is forcibly evicted from their plantation. One day, Priscilla spots Mr. Silkwood standing outside a hotel in a town they are passing through, and asks him if, "there'll be a school for me where they're taking us?" She tells him that she needs "the promise of learnin' to help me walk those weary miles." Later that evening, Mr. Silkwood arrives at their encampment, and buys Priscilla from her Indian master. He sets her free, and she joins fifteen other orphans to become part of the Silkwood family. Lovely illustrations are created in acrylic: some show beautiful hollyhocks amid serene landscapes but one heartbreaking scene shows the brown hand of Priscilla's mother emerging from a wagon as she is being driven away from her daughter.
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My Review: This is a well written story based on facts. Anne Broyles takes us on a journey into Priscilla's childhood as she is sold from one family to another until she found Massa Silkwood who set her free and adopted her into his family of fifteen. Priscilla was not only saved by Mr. Silkwood but also by hollyhocks. Old Sylvia told her how her mother will make hollyhock dolls and set it to sail on the cow pond. When she watches her flower dolls float on the cow pond she felt her mother's smile. Is show how the flowers represented a strong memory of her mother who was sold when she was a very young child. Priscilla always had a hand full of seeds with her and planed them where ever she went. She was sold to a Cherokee family when her master died. Read about the brief history of the Cherokee as they were told to leave their homes and lands. Priscilla found freedom and a happy life thereafter. Great illustrations by Anna Alter which capture the story. I highly recommend this book for every schools and libraries.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
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Priscilla is a worthy successor to SHY MAMA'S HALLOWEEN. Anne Broyles has once again created a compelling character, made all the more captivating because the story is based on fact. Anna Alter's illustrations beautifully represent the pain and sadness and later hope that Priscilla experiences throughout her incredible story. This book is chock full of mini-lessons waiting for the classroom teacher to share with students. An added bonus for the happy readers and listeners is the description of the hollyhock doll and how to create one. This is the perfect book for a read-aloud cum craft project. Kudos to Broyles, who has done it once again. Marina Salenikas, Children's Librarian, North Andover, MA
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I loved learning Priscilla’s poignant story. This moving account, with a happy ending, was taken from history. As I did, you just may want to plant hollyhocks after you finish reading. Fun directions for making a hollyhock doll are included at the back of this beautifully illustrated picture book.
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This is a wonderful book for ages 7-12, perhaps. I found it to be a good story, well written and great for its historic value. I have read it with my granddaughters and plan to plant some hollyhocks with them as soon as the weather permits. We will make dolls with them and read the book again. My granddaughters are home schooled so this is also school time for them.
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Priscilla and the Hollyhocks is one of those rare stories which weaves together the horrendous capabilities of people with the strength of spirit and goodness people possess. As a parent, I find this story important for children so that conversations will ensue and so that we may never forget what we are capable of--both good and bad. A remarkable story of truth indeed.
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From a young girl as a slave at "the Big House" to a Cherokee Plantation and the Trail of Tears, Priscilla keeps her hollyhocks as home, scattering their seeds on her path to life. Just like her Ma, who planted hollyhocks by the white picket fence by Cow pond, Priscilla plants hollyhocks along the path to freedom, until she's safe at home. Children ages 5-8 will learn about the path to freedom with this story of one girl's hope.
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