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Walking Home to Rosie Lee by A. LaFaye
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Walking Home to Rosie Lee (edition 2011)

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

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Member:MalissaLojszczyk
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
Rating:****1/2
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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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 |
This is a great book about determination and love. Gabe was determined to find his mother after the civil war. He made friendships along the way. This book also tells you about what life was like after the civil. This is a good book to read when you are talking about the civil war in your history lesson. ( )
1 vote csloan | Apr 27, 2012 |
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 before the war ended. This book takes you along an emotional journey of strength, love and determination it took for Gabe, along with other families at that time period to find each other at the end of the Civil War. ( )
  nnicolic | Feb 9, 2012 |
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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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