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Voices from the Underground Railroad, by Kay Winters ; pictures by Larry Day

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Voices from the Underground Railroad
Title
Voices from the Underground Railroad
Statement of responsibility
by Kay Winters ; pictures by Larry Day
Title variation
Underground Railroad
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "From the creators of Voices from the Oregon Trail and Colonial Voices, an unflinching story of two young runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, told in their voices and those who helped and hindered them It's the 1850s and enslaved siblings Jeb and Mattie are about the make a break for freedom. The pair travel north from Maryland to New Bedford, Massachusetts along the Underground Railroad. Each spread tells about a step of their journey through a poem in the first person perspective. The main and repeating voices are Jeb and Mattie, but we also hear from the station masters and conductors, those who offer them haven, as well as those who want to capture them. Like its predecessors in the Voices series, this richly researched and beautifully illustrated picture book brings a difficult chapter of American history to life for young readers"--
  • "Siblings Mattie and Jeb escape slavery via the Underground Railroad, meeting helpful conductors and dodging slave catchers as they travel from Maryland to Massachusetts"--
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Review
  • Gr 4–6—Large illustrations accompany narrative poems told from a variety of viewpoints that revolve around the escape of Mattie and Jeb, two young enslaved siblings, from a master who wants to sell them to pay off gambling debts. Both Mattie and Jeb tend to speak and think in fragments with little to distinguish them from each other ("I work hard but get no pay./The master collects it."; "Never a kind word./Always afraid./I want to be free!/We gotta go."). In addition to the perspective of the conductor, stationmaster, and operative, Winters also provides the point of view of slave owner Clarinda and Angus and Rufus, two slave catchers. Their scenes are littered with disturbing language such as "Blast their black hides" and "Dumb darkies." The illustrations are done well but the didactic text struggles to balance a history lesson with emotional storytelling. Winters attempts to ramp up tension with lines such as "The hunt's begun!" but the overall feeling is one of exploitation. Mattie and Jeb do successfully make it up North where "Black people and white people are out and about/No one looks afraid!" VERDICT This book misses its mark.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK --Elizabeth Nicolai (Reviewed 01/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 1, p108)
  • Jeb and Mattie, siblings living under slavery on a Maryland plantation, tell their story of escape on the Underground Railroad. The story, told in alternating voices, opens in 1861 with Jeb, a blacksmith and slave, whose free black co-worker and friend, Sam, is part of the Underground Railroad. When Mattie, a house slave, overhears plans to sell Jeb, the siblings know they must run to avoid their mother's fate: being sold south. They follow the North Star to Sam's house—the first stop on the Underground Railroad. From there, the different people they meet along the Railroad—conductor, station master, operative—are introduced, all with their own voices, one poem per spread. Slave owners and slave catchers also have voices, demonstrating historicity with the use of derogatory phrases for the slaves—caregivers should be ready to discuss these with child readers. Day's illustrations, which have the look of ink and watercolor, are filled with details that elicit a nearly tangible sense of time and place. After many trials and travels over land and sea, the siblings make it to their destination: freedom in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Well-utilized endpapers map the siblings' escape route. A good step-by-step portrayal of the dangers slaves were willing to risk for freedom and the complex, lifesaving organization that was the Underground Railroad. (historical notes, note from the author, references) (Picture book/poetry. 6-10) (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2017)
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10625074
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Winters, Kay
Dewey number
973.7/115
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Age 7-9
  • 500L
  • Decoding demand: 61 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 91 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 54 (medium)
  • Structure demand: 89 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
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Day, Larry
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True
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  • Underground Railroad
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Antislavery movements
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • Antislavery movements
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Underground Railroad
  • United States
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Voices from the Underground Railroad, by Kay Winters ; pictures by Larry Day
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rdacontent
Control code
1901200
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780803740921
Lccn
2017008135
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780803740921
  • (OCoLC)983303380
Label
Voices from the Underground Railroad, by Kay Winters ; pictures by Larry Day
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1901200
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780803740921
Lccn
2017008135
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780803740921
  • (OCoLC)983303380

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