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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 1818. Bright, inquisitive, caring, and hard-working, he believed in equality for all and that slavery was unjust and immoral. Determined to be a free man, he took advantage of every opportunity to develop the skills necessary to be free. He learned to read and write, caulk ships, become an educator, public speaker, and journalist and newspaper editor. He dedicated his life to banishing slavery in the United States. He was one of the most distinguished leaders of the anti-slavery crusade in the nineteenth century. This is a biographical history for independent readers.
Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 8 to 12
Reading Level: 3.5
Age of Child: Read by a student at Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)
Young Reader Reaction: This book was selected for me. I don't like biographies, but this one was short. I did remember some facts about Douglass' life from history class.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is one of thirteen volumes in The Young Patriots Series published by Patria Press, Inc. The goal of each biography is to shed some light on the early life and youth of selected political, scientific, or athletic hero. The information is accurate, the editing is superb, the illustrations are complementary, and the stories resonate with the reader.
Pros: Like all of the other books in this series, the story, illustrations, writing, editing, and topics are all geared to the 8-12 year old. One cannot find a more wholesome and informative biographical series.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This volume and any of the others that are part of the Young Patriot Series. Hopefully, these volumes are already on the shelves of the school and public library.
Educational Themes: This book is based on Frederick Douglass’s
Autobiographies. The story focuses his early life. It presents a fair, accurate, and graphic picture of life as a slave in early nineteenth century America. Opportunities for discussion, research, role-playing based on this book are unlimited.
Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 3.5
Literary Categories: Fiction - biography, middle grade series, 1800s, slavery, US history