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Walking Home to Rosie Lee by A. LaFaye

Walking Home to Rosie Lee (edition 2011)

by A. LaFaye, Keith D. Shepherd (Illustrator)

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Title:Walking Home to Rosie Lee
Authors:A. LaFaye
Other authors:Keith D. Shepherd (Illustrator)
Info:Cinco Puntos Press (2011), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:historical fiction, african american, ages 7 and up, slavery, freedom, love, family, mothers, loss, journey, search, Freedmen's Bureau, Reconstruction, persistence, reunion

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Walking Home to Rosie Lee by A. LaFaye



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“Walking Home to Rosie Lee” explores the hardships of a young boy named Gabe who is trying to find his mother after he is freed from slavery. The Civil War has ended and all slaves are free, but Gabe’s mother had been sold to another family. He has no idea where she is. He walks for months to try to find Rosie Lee. Disappointed multiple times, he is almost ready to give up. Finally, he finds his mom and they are reunited!
I think this book showcases slavery in a different light. Many people believe that things got infinitely better when slavery ended; the reality of the situation is that African Americans still faced incredible hardships. I think this would be a good book to teach students about slavery because it lets them see the evils of slavery through a child’s eyes. I know how much it would hurt me to lose my mom, so this book really tapped into my emotions. I kept turning the pages, hoping that Gabe would be reunited with his mother. ( )
  mkstorey | Feb 15, 2017 |
"Walking Home to Rosie Lee" shows what it was like for African-American children during the Civil War era. It focuses on the boy who has just got his freedom and is in search for his mother. The tale ends happily when he finally finds his long lost mother. I connected to the character when the author compares the boy's feelings to the mom he met.They were both longing for their loved ones. The plot develops in an almost cinematic way how it builds anticipation. The historical setting seemed accurate the way the illustrator drew their clothes and houses. Even the way the author wrote the story in the voice of an uneducated child. This story shines a light on the feelings of African-American children during the Civil War period. ( )
  imasson | Sep 7, 2016 |
The Civil War ends and a young boy, Gabe, sets out to find his mother Rosie Lee who was sold as a slave.
He walks for months with no sign of his mother. He meets many people and they try to help him find his mother. He hears about many Rosie's but they never end up being his mom. He hears about one last Rosie and sets out to see if it's his mom. He almost doesn't want to try because he's been disappointed so many times before. He debates outside the house by a tree to see if he should go to her. He sees a woman making pies and immediately knows he has found his mother. This is a beautiful story that shows one boy's dedication to finding his mother. ( )
  Paigealyssa | Feb 4, 2016 |
After the Civil War is over, Gabe starts his mission to find Rosie Lee, his mother. Gabe walks for days, weeks, months and still has no idea where to go. Through his journey Gabe meets many different people who all try and help him locate his mother. He is able to get small pieces of information about where different Rosie's have been seen or talked about all over. He continues to travel, place to place to try and find his mother. After many months Gabe hears about one more final Rosie, he is to the point where he does not even want to try because he has been let down too many times. He sits in a tree near the location of the potential Rosie and contemplates what he is going to do. He sees a lady making pies and he knows, he has found his Rosie. At last, mother and son are back together. This book is great! The story is so eye opening about the struggle families had to go through to reunite with their love ones. I think that the illustrations also really help with the story line, they let us see the insight to Gabe and his journey. ( )
  mlanford3 | Jan 31, 2016 |
Poignant story about a mother and son separarted by slavery reunited at the end of the Civil War. Excellent perspective on slavery for younger readers. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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At the end of the Civil War, young Gabe meets many other former slaves getting a feel for freedom whose kindness helps him in his quest to find his mother, who was sold away.

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