FROM SLAVE TO SOLDIER by Deborah Hopkinson

FROM SLAVE TO SOLDIER

Based on a True Civil War Story
by & illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Johnny loves his Uncle Silas, his mule Nell and the cows he herds back and forth each day. But he does not love being a slave. And when Uncle Silas plants the idea of service in the Union army in Johnny’s brain, it’s pretty easy for him to join up with Company C as it marches through the Hogatt farm. Adding to the Ready-to-Read early reading series, Hopkinson brings her research and storytelling talents to another little-known chapter in U.S. history for children. Floca’s simple, flat watercolors match the straightforward prose, and the blue-washed night scenes match the tension as Johnny performs an act of heroism to save the company. Though the acceptance the white soldiers show to their new recruit seems unreal, a helpful author’s note documents the kindness of these particular Union soldiers. Young Civil War buffs will welcome something they can read themselves. (Nonfiction. 5-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-689-83965-0
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2005




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