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Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom / by Shane W. Evans

 

Title: Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom  
Author:  Shane W. Evans
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 978-1-59643-538-4
Year: 2011

Concepts: slavery, human resources, social justice, discrimination

Review:  A family living in the bonds of slavery decides to make the dangerous attempt to find freedom. Along the way they find safe havens and friends of the Underground Railroad. The family members experience fear and fatigue along the way, but they keep going until they can wake up free to decide their own destinies.

With its sparse text, this picture book relies more on striking images to communicate to young readers the risks that enslaved people took to escape from bondage, and the joys they experienced upon first reaching a free state. A brief author's note provides more information about the Underground Railroad, which parents and teachers can use to talk with young learners about the history of slavery in the United States.

Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children


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