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Frederick Douglass for Kids
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Frederick Douglass for Kids
His Life and Times, with 21 Activities
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Few Americans have had as much impact on this nation as Frederick Douglass. Born on a plantation, he later escaped slavery and helped others to freedom via the Underground Railroad. In time he became a...
Few Americans have had as much impact on this nation as Frederick Douglass. Born on a plantation, he later escaped slavery and helped others to freedom via the Underground Railroad. In time he became a...
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  • Few Americans have had as much impact on this nation as Frederick Douglass. Born on a plantation, he later escaped slavery and helped others to freedom via the Underground Railroad. In time he became a bestselling author, an outspoken newspaper editor, a brilliant orator, a tireless abolitionist, and a brave civil rights leader. He was famous on both sides of the Atlantic in the years leading up to the Civil War, and when war broke out, Abraham Lincoln invited him to the White House for counsel and advice. Frederick Douglass for Kids follows the footsteps of this American hero, from his birth into slavery to his becoming a friend and confidant of presidents and the leading African American of his day. And to better appreciate Frederick Douglass and his times, readers will form a debating club, cook a meal similar to the one Douglass shared with John Brown, make a civil war haversack, participate in a microlending program, and more. This valuable resource also includes a time line of significant events, a list of historic sites to visit or explore online, and Web resources for further study. Nancy I. Sanders is the author of many books, including America's Black Founders and A Kid's Guide to African American History. She lives in Chino, California.

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  • Nancy I. Sanders is the author of many books, including America's Black Founders and A Kid's Guide to African American History. She lives in Chino, California.

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  • School Library Journal

    July 1, 2012

    Gr 5-9-Douglass was born into slavery, but through self-education and innate oratorical skills, he overcame adversity to become the most famous abolitionist of his day. His spirit and personal hardships, as well as the sufferings of the millions forced into slavery, are effectively captured in Sanders's well-written narrative. The inclusion of the tireless work of many antislavery visionaries of the day gives readers an accurate portrayal of the abolitionist movement. Though well-researched and thorough, some relevant events are oversimplified. Much of the content and activities are presented in the form of sidebars. While many contain good information, their formatting can be overwhelming and sometimes conflicts with the book's flow. Time lines, archival pictures, and modern photographs of relevant locales are also included. A resources section includes websites, places to visit, and titles for further information. In the hands of educators, this book will be a valuable tool on the life and times of a great orator. However, it is written at a fairly high level, so the title slightly misrepresents the book's intended audience. For elementary grade children needing sources for a report, this would not be the title of choice; far too much reading is required to draw out the facts relevant for that purpose. Those interested in the subject, however, will appreciate the insightful look at this remarkable individual.-Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    June 1, 2012
    Grades 4-7 Sanders extends her thoughtful and well-researched biography of one of America's great orators with supplementary images and materials, engaging readers in Douglass' experiences as a slave, a speaker, and a statesman. With two columns of text on each page, embellished with photographic artifacts, corollary biographies, and expansive activities, the magazine-style layout breaks up the narrative with fascinating bits of information directly and indirectly related to the subject at hand. Experiential activities include everything from crafting a hat and a cravat like the ones Douglass used to disguise himself as a sailor during his successful escape, to re-creating the New England boiled dinner he shared with John Brown. More informational ideas include researching a black abolitionist and hosting an oratorical contest. A time line and list of print and web resources round out this thorough and involving examination of a great man, equally suited to individual immersion and classroom collaboration.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2012, American Library Association.)

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