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The Resource The escape of Robert Smalls : a daring voyage out of slavery, by Jehan Jones-Radgowski ; illustrated by Poppy Kang

The escape of Robert Smalls : a daring voyage out of slavery, by Jehan Jones-Radgowski ; illustrated by Poppy Kang

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The escape of Robert Smalls : a daring voyage out of slavery
Title
The escape of Robert Smalls
Title remainder
a daring voyage out of slavery
Statement of responsibility
by Jehan Jones-Radgowski ; illustrated by Poppy Kang
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Contributor
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Language
eng
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Review
  • PreS-Gr 2—In 1862, an enslaved man named Robert Smalls led a crew of other enslaved persons and their families on a daring escape by piloting a steamship through Confederate territory and into safe waters controlled by the Union Navy. This picture book covers the background of how Smalls began working at docks and on steamships, but focuses mainly on the night of the escape. The heart of the story spotlights the bravery and resourcefulness of Smalls as he plots and carries out his plan. The afterword includes a photo of Smalls, more information about his life, slavery, and the Civil War. There is also a glossary and suggested "read more" list. The illustrations are well done, often using darker colors to represent the night time and gravity of the voyage. None of the harshest parts of slavery are examined too closely, which is unsurprising in a book for young children, but the consequences for attempting such a risky escape is made very clear. VERDICT A good purchase for public and elementary school libraries wanting to expand a nonfiction collection on slavery and the Civil War. This book will work well for one-on-one sessions with younger readers and in groups of older children.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK --Elizabeth Nicolai (Reviewed 09/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 8, p137)
  • The true story of an unsung African American hero who deserves to be remembered. Born a slave in Beaufort, South Carolina, in 1839, Robert Smalls began working on the Charleston waterfront at 12 and convinced his master to allow him to keep some of his earnings. In 1861, Smalls became a crew member on the Planter, which transported supplies, personnel, and artillery to the Confederate forts. Eventually becoming wheelman—the crew member who steers—Smalls learned all the necessary skills for navigating the ship. One night, when the captain was on shore visiting family, Robert steered the Planter—loaded with supplies, weapons, the other enslaved crewmen and their families—out of the harbor, past the heavily armed Confederate forts Johnson and Sumter to Union-controlled waters, where the crew raised a white sheet and surrendered to the Union. "Freedom, at last." The illustrations, primarily in browns, greens, and blues to evoke the nocturnal and maritime setting, will help readers envision the time and place of Smalls' escape. The informative backmatter, including a photograph of Smalls, offers an overview of his life and later career as a U.S. congressman and a landowner (of his former master's home). The glossary and bibliography identify other good sources of research on Smalls. Ideal for piquing readers' interest in a determined and inspiring historical figure. (Picture book/biography. 7-11) (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2019)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10798596
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jones-Radgowski, Jehan
Dewey number
  • 973.8092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
E185.97.S6
LC item number
J66 2019
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Kang, Poppy
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Smalls, Robert
  • Slaves
  • Escapes
  • African Americans
  • African American sailors
  • United States
  • United States
  • Smalls, Robert
  • Slaves
  • Escapes
  • African Americans
  • African American sailors
  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
primary
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a daring voyage out of slavery
Label
The escape of Robert Smalls : a daring voyage out of slavery, by Jehan Jones-Radgowski ; illustrated by Poppy Kang
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Publication
Note
Map on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
2018049848
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781543512816
Lccn
2018049848
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)1057732014
Label
The escape of Robert Smalls : a daring voyage out of slavery, by Jehan Jones-Radgowski ; illustrated by Poppy Kang
Publication
Note
Map on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
2018049848
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781543512816
Lccn
2018049848
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)1057732014

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