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Freedom River (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) (edition 2000)

by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

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Title:Freedom River (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books)
Authors:Doreen Rappaport
Other authors:Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
Info:Hyperion Book CH (2000), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:nonfiction, Underground Railroad, bravery, slavery, patience

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Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport



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John was an iron molder, and one day he heard Jim say that if John helped his father’s slaves escape, Jim’s father was going to set the dogs on him. John was not bothered by the comment, and later that night he tried to help a slave escape from Kentucky to Ohio. The slave decide not to escape because he did not want to leave his wife and baby behind. John said that they could wait until the winter was over to escape. The slave agreed, and when winter was over John went to the slave’s house. It was the beginning of spring, and the slave changed his mind, because his master was making his baby sleep in his room. There was no way to get the baby out of the room, but John said that he would do it. The slave and his wife were scared, but they agreed. John went into the plantation, and went into the room where the baby was. In the room there was the owner of the plantation, and John grabbed the baby, and the owner woke up. John ran out the room, and the owner followed him with a pistol. John and the slaves ran, and hid in a wagon that headed to the Underground Railroad. When john arrived home, Jim Shrofe the son of the owner of the plantation knocked on his door. Jim wanted the slaves back, and he looked for the slaves in John’s house, but he could not find them. The book reflects the lives of slaves in the United States and the courage of African Americans. The illustrations of the people in the book show a lot of pain, but the book was pleasant to read. ( )
  memaldonado | Feb 28, 2015 |
Genre: Historical Fiction
Genre Critique: Freedom River uses realistic characters and setting to describe an actual event (slave trade/underground railroad) through a freed African American's perspective.
Review/Critique: This book was a good one that showed a different view on the black slave trade and the underground railroad.
Media: Paint, Collage ( )
  MkM | Apr 5, 2013 |
This is a wonderful book that everyone should read! It tells the tale of John Parker a real man who helped many families escape slavery in Kentucky after he bought his own freedom. In this story he helps the family of Sarah, Issac, and their baby. Before they leave on their journey he has to sneak into the slave owner's home and take the baby from the bedroom. He does this and wakes the owner who chases them through the Forrest, but they get to boat and across the river to Ohio safely. This is a tale of absolute bravery. John Parker was an amazing individual that every student should learn about. This story could be read in connection with slavery, the Civil War, and many other things. The illustrations in this book are fantastic and meaningful to the story, they help the reader really visualize the scenes that take place. This is a wonderful book! ( )
  LauraMcQueen | Jan 17, 2013 |
Ex-slave John Parker ‘s story is told with an event that took place while helped a family escape slavery in Kentucky to freedom in Ohio. ( )
  starkss | Dec 11, 2012 |
Freedom River is the account of former slave John Parker who often risks his life in order to help free other slaves. It lays out a good description of what the Underground Railroad consisted of. It is an incredible story of one of history's forgotten heroes. ( )
  dbcollin | Sep 16, 2012 |
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This book tells the story of how John Parker, a former slave, saves a family from slavery and leads them to the Underground Railroad. John Parker worked and paid money for his own freedom. This story took place in Kentucky and Ohio.
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Describes an incident in the life of John Parker, an ex-slave who became a successful businessman in Ripley, Ohio, and who repeatedly risked his life to help other slaves escape to freedom.

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