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THE FREEDOM RIDDLE by Angela Shelf Medearis

THE FREEDOM RIDDLE

By Angela Shelf Medearis (Adaptor) , John Ward (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-525-67469-1
Publisher: Dutton

 Medearis (Skin Deep, p. 860, etc.) offers an upbeat retelling of a story that first appeared in William J. Faulkner's The Days When the Animals Talked, about a slave who wins his freedom by offering his master a riddle he can't solve. The riddle is an elaborate one: The text follows Jim for a year as incidents from daily life give him ideas for clues. In the meantime, readers glean a picture of life on a plantation as Medearis peppers her sure- footed narrative with a variety of inventive phrases and images. The large, heavy oil paintings have a subdued palette, featuring mainly Jim and others on the plantation; the different postures in which the characters are depicted contribute to the expressiveness of the narration, as if they were actors in a theatrical piece. (Picture book. 5-8)