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Author and Illustrator: Don Tate
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
Published: September 1st, 2015
This book brings to life the experiences of the first African-American to be published in the southern states of America. George Moses Horton lived in Chatham County, North Carolina. He was a slave who worked on a farm, taught himself to read and eventually became a published poet, but he still wasn’t a free man until after the Civil War. This book brings to life his story, relating his experiences as a slave and how he became so well known. It is told in an easy to understand manner that children will find easy to empathise with. It also shows his resilience in a time when literacy for African-Americans was initially discouraged, then made illegal. The author’s note at the end of the book also shed more light on this and explain why this book was written. The illustrations are lovely, enhancing the text.
Altogether, this is a delightful book informing readers about the life of a resilient African-American who taught himself to read and became a renowned writer and poet. It will help bring this important gentleman to the notice of a wider audience and may also help some to better understand what living in that era was like for the enslaved. Teachers may well find this an important and very useful text when working with pupils on either the historical aspects of the times or the remarkable life of this poet.
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