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Riding Freedom Paperback – September 1, 1999
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There are some very good themes in this book -- the main character is very strong, determined, and survives despite having the odds stacked against her. One thing in particular that I liked is how she doesn't necessarily learn how to do new things with great speed -- but she keeps at it until she has learned a new skill, and is successful at it. I think this is a particularly good thing for children to read about. Not all skills are immediate, and working to achieve proficiency is worthwhile.
Other major themes are the importance of voting, the rights of women, the ability of girls to learn to do jobs formerly considered only fit for boys, facing fears in order to overcome subjugation and make a better life for oneself, and growing up without parents. Slavery is touched on.
This book lends itself to the discussion of any of these topics, and my son and I had some very good talks as a result.
I did feel the story ended a little abruptly. I was completely unprepared for it to be over, I was hoping more would be explained, and I felt dissatisfied after finishing the book.
I must say that I also felt a bit uncomfortable reading about the woman whom the story is actually based on. (She lived her life as a man, and it wasn't discovered until after her death that she was female.) While this book presents topics for children to discuss that are interesting and worthwhile, I don't know that all parents would feel that this book is appropriate for their children to read.
I would suggest that parents read the back of the book first, before handing it to the children to read. Be prepared for some questions!
In the story, Charlotte grew up as the only girl in a boy's orphanage where she constantly struggled for freedom and equality. She loved horses and spent every available minute either caring for them or riding them. Because she was a girl, she wasn't held to very high esteem by those around her. The feelings of the boys around her didn't matter as long as she was able to ride horses.
When Charlotte faced the threat of losing the thing she loved most, she had to take action and decided to run away from the orphanage. She disguised herself as a boy in order to hide from the authorities and to obtain work on her own.
Charolotte grew to become a legendary stagecoach driver. She was also the first woman to vote.
My nine-year old daughter loved this book. She was so moved by this story, that she decided to do more research on Charlotte Parkhurst and write a report on her for school.
I was moved by this story as well. It reminded me of how far women have come in the fight for equality.
It is a good quick read and captured his interest. He could not put the book down. It is a great book.
It's about a girl who has an unfortunate life. Her name is Charlotte and her parents go to town during a thunderstorm. They were in a wagon and the horses heard thunder and go wild. They went down a hill with trees' at the bottom so Charlotte's mom threw Charlotte off the wagon. Charlotte survived but no one wanted to adopt her. She has to stay at an orphanage until she is eighteen. When Hayward a new kid arrived a new kid he saw Charlotte and became friends with her. One day Hayward is adopted and Charlotte doesn't have any. To friends. So one day she decides to run away and find out if she survives this time you'll have to read Riding Freedom.
I loved the book because it's about a girl that goes after her dreams. I give it 10 out of 10.
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Got this for a performance I'm doing on storytelling. Courageous woman, told well. Sending on to my niece.Published 1 month ago by Ethel Lee-Miller
Based on a true story, Riding Freedom is about a girl who proves that women can do just about anything that men can do.Published 2 months ago by CT Chris
I read this book with my daughter. This is quite an easy ready and I finished quickly. As I worked with her to comprehend the "powerful" message, I loved the trick played... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jenhau Chen
My 9 year old Grandson is in love with this book. I read, he reads, we all read together!Published 3 months ago by Shopping lulu
Beautiful story. My son wrote a book report for school about it. He is 7yo, 2nd grade. There were plenty of material in it to reflect and learn from.Published 3 months ago by Sophia
This book is so awesome I cannot describe it . You are the most amazing author I ever came across in my life . Read morePublished 4 months ago by Y. Cao
A most wonderful story of a young girl named Charlotte who was orphaned at about three years old. She endured up to 12 years old living in an uncaring orphanage . Read morePublished 4 months ago by June Ahern