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Freedom River (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books)

by Doreen Rappaport

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The book belongs to biography genre because the whole story is written based on John Park's real-life experience. This story is one of his journeys to help an African American family escape to freedom by cross the river. The book depicts the details of how they afraid of the owners shot them and hurt their family members and how they anxiously wait for the suitable timing to escape. The story reveals a part of the black history and the suffer those African Americans beared at that time period. It can be used in history class and reading class to let students know more about the historical event happened in the past. ( )
  ShiYaoyu | Mar 10, 2018 |
This book relates the true story of John Parker, a slave who learned the trade of iron molding and saved enough money to buy his own freedom. He made his way to Ohio and went into business for himself, becoming wealthy. But he never forgot where he came from. At night, he helped slaves from Kentucky escape across the river to freedom in Ohio. He guided hundreds of slaves, despite a $1,000 bounty placed on his head by slaveholders. The collage-and-watercolor illustrations by Bryan Collier add to the drama of his story. ( )
  nbmars | Feb 25, 2017 |
Freedom River is a biography about John Parker, a former slaved who bought his freedom. This book was very extremely enlightening to read. It talked about the life of John Parker and shows the readers his courage and selflessness. The book also tells the readers about what John Parker has done to help slaves escape to where they would be free from captivity. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone because it was a very interesting and inspirational to read. ( )
  kristeen1995 | Jan 20, 2017 |
A suspenseful tale of the travel to freedom across a lake. Doreen Rappaport's tale of John Parker and his trips across the river to free gives the reader the feeling of being caught in between freedom which can be so close yet far away. The story tells about the trip to freedom that many slaves took to get out of Kentucky into near by Ohio. The artwork is captivating. The author uses a patch work technique to bring every image to life. ( )
  slockett2008 | May 2, 2016 |
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 |
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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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