Freedom River

Freedom River❰KINDLE❯ ✽ Freedom River Author Doreen Rappaport – Heartforum.co.uk The Barnes Noble Review There were many heroes of the Underground Railroad From the tired and weary families who risked their lives to escape slavery to the instruments of freedom who helped them One The Barnes Noble Review There were many heroes of the Underground Railroad From the tired and weary families who risked their lives to escape slavery to the instruments of freedom who helped them One such amazing instrument was John Parker As an ex slave who had bought his own freedom, he knew of the pain and struggles his brethren were feeling Parker made it his goal to help families escape their life of suffering into a free land Freedom River tells the story of one such mission Kentucky was a slave state, but Ohio just across the Ohio River was free Time and again, Parker sails across the river in the dark of night and brings slaves to Ohio One night in November, Parker tries to free a family from the Shrofe plantation But one man will not leave, fearful for his wife and child Parker has to go back empty handed, and the onset of winter prevents him from crossing the river for many weeks in April, he tries again but is informed that Master Shrofe knows of the family s near escape and now keeps careful eye on all that they do even keeping their baby at the foot of his bed at night Parker promises to help them The next night he tells them to wait in the woods while he enters the master s house Risking life and limb, he retrieves the infant, as Shrofe s angry shouts echo in the distanceTold in an exquisite voice, this book highlights the heroes no one seldom hears about The tone of the book is realistic and at times somber The watercolor and collage illustrations, especially those evoking the blue of the night sky, adds depth and intensity to an already passionate storyAmy Barkat.

Doreen Rappaport has written many books of fiction and nonfiction for young readers, specializing in thoroughly researched multicultural history, historical fiction, retellings of folktales and myths, and stories of those she calls the not yet celebrated Among her recent books is Martin s Big Words The Life of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr illustrated by Bryan Collier, which received a Caldecott Honor Award and a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for illustration Doreen Rappaport divides her time between New York City and a rural village in upstate New York.

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  • Hardcover
  • 32 pages
  • Freedom River
  • Doreen Rappaport
  • English
  • 09 September 2019
  • 0786803509

10 thoughts on “Freedom River

  1. Jessica Meyers says:

    I have a boat waiting to row you cross the river to freedom, he whispered.Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book Award Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport is a must read for students in the primary grades I might suggest it as a mentor text in a 2nd or 3rd grade unit on The Underground Railroad or Civil Rights In the story, John Parker, an ex slave and freedom fighter, goes on a mission to help slaves escape their plantations in Kentucky by crossing the Ohio river The story focuses on o I have a boat waiting to row you cross the river to freedom, he whispered.Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book Award Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport is a must read for students in the primary grades I might suggest it as a mentor text in a 2nd or 3rd grade unit on The Underground Railroad or Civil Rights In the story, John Parker, an ex slave and freedom fighter, goes on a mission to help slaves escape their plantations in Kentucky by crossing the Ohio river The story focuses on one family Isaac, Sarah, and their baby daughter who work on Jim s plantation If the slave family successfully crosses the river, they will arrive in the free state of Ohio and can then find the Underground Railroad John risks his life helping the family by giving them directions on how to reach the free land This story is full of stylistic techniques and literary elements to discuss with students For example, the author bolds and enlarges certain words like WAIT, WAIT or LISTEN, LISTEN or CLOSER, LOUDER to help set a intense, dramatic mood Students could examine diction, and discuss how emphasis on certain words helps the author convey a message In addition, the dark and serious illustrations also contribute to the mood of the story, emphasizing the risk John is taking to help these slaves escape the plantation I also noticed that the illustrator used wavy, jagged lines on people s faces to represent the current of the river the road to freedom was not a smooth one The story highlights the risks many people took to help strangers escape slavery This could lead to a great discussion on the theme of heroism, and qualities such as bravery and total selflessness

  2. Katie says:

    Freedom River 3 out of 5 stars The illustrations by Collier have a patchy look it appears that ripped pieces of construction paper are artfully placed to create the drawings With the exception of the smooth faces, the illustrations have a jagged and torn feel to them This is mirrored in the text characters seem torn between two worlds, fighting for freedom or staying with their masters Images of African Americans appear at the bottom of the pages at the beginning of the book they all have Freedom River 3 out of 5 stars The illustrations by Collier have a patchy look it appears that ripped pieces of construction paper are artfully placed to create the drawings With the exception of the smooth faces, the illustrations have a jagged and torn feel to them This is mirrored in the text characters seem torn between two worlds, fighting for freedom or staying with their masters Images of African Americans appear at the bottom of the pages at the beginning of the book they all have their eyes closed and look as if they are praying for freedom There are random words, mainly verbs, in the book that are in bold and in larger font This gives a feeling of repetition, which caters to younger audiences These words stand out because they are repeated twice, which forces the reader to stop and contemplate the importance of the verbs Kids between third and sixth grades would enjoy the book Younger students would latch on to the repetition, while older kids would relate to the bravery and heroics of the characters Kids can relate to wanting something but being torn about what to do in order to obtain their end goal I gave the book a three out of five stars not because of the artwork, but because I felt the text could have been stronger History, language arts, and science are three content areas in which the book could be integrated For math, students could study the freezing of a lake based on the outside air temperature

  3. (NS) Becca says:

    This book has such captivating mixed media pictures that it is difficult not to immediately be drawn into the story The mood is set through dark colors and shadows and the reader knows at once that the story is serious I would definitely recommend this book to upper elementary students, primarily for the reason that the topic may be difficult to understand, but also because I found myself having to re read some parts to understand that Jim was a white man working for a black man The forward h This book has such captivating mixed media pictures that it is difficult not to immediately be drawn into the story The mood is set through dark colors and shadows and the reader knows at once that the story is serious I would definitely recommend this book to upper elementary students, primarily for the reason that the topic may be difficult to understand, but also because I found myself having to re read some parts to understand that Jim was a white man working for a black man The forward helps, as does the afterword, to clarify the story.This picture book is about a man named John Parker who made it his mission as a free black man to help save slaves living nearby He risks his life multiple times to help families on a plantation and the author does an excellent job portraying the intensity of the situation by making words like QUIET, QUIET or CRAWL, CRAWL larger and bolder so that the reader understands the situation and the gravity of what John is doing I would almost like to use this book to not just inform students of those heroes during slavery times, but also to model how writers use words to express themselves in unique ways like by making the font bolder bigger

  4. Caroline says:

    Type of book Literary Genre nonfiction, picture books Awards Coretta Scott King Award Summary John Parker is an ex slave who won his freedom and uses it to help get slaves from Kentucky across the river to Ohio, the free land He is determined to save one family in particular, where the father will not leave his wife and child Their master learns of their near escape, so he sleeps with the baby at the foot of his bed In order to get them to freedom, Parker risks his life by taking the ba Type of book Literary Genre nonfiction, picture books Awards Coretta Scott King Award Summary John Parker is an ex slave who won his freedom and uses it to help get slaves from Kentucky across the river to Ohio, the free land He is determined to save one family in particular, where the father will not leave his wife and child Their master learns of their near escape, so he sleeps with the baby at the foot of his bed In order to get them to freedom, Parker risks his life by taking the baby from the master s bed, with him screaming in the distance as he runs with the baby Critique This was a very well written book My only critique is that it might be too difficult for younger students to process The content of slavery and the Civil War is very intense, and may not be age appropriate for some students Prompts or questions If you were John, what would you have done Would you have risked your life that much in order to save that family How does this change your view on slavery and the Civil War Craft elements This could definitely be an aid for teaching the brutality of the Civil War For fourth or fifth graders, this would be a great book to give themknowledge they may not always hear about slavery and freedom

  5. Lauren says:

    Mixed media art as the pictures they look awesome Well written biography Mixed media art as the pictures they look awesome Well written biography

  6. L12_luisespinoza Espinoza says:

    This book tells a riveting true story about John Parker, an ex slave and successful business man John lives in the free state of Ohio in the town of Ripley, which lies near the Ohio river and across from the slave state of Kentucky He is part of a group of freedom fighters that are part of the Underground Raiload.John owns a foundry where he employs African Americans and a Caucasian iron molder named Jim Shrofe Jim lives in a plantation across the river in Kentucky and is owner of a slave fam This book tells a riveting true story about John Parker, an ex slave and successful business man John lives in the free state of Ohio in the town of Ripley, which lies near the Ohio river and across from the slave state of Kentucky He is part of a group of freedom fighters that are part of the Underground Raiload.John owns a foundry where he employs African Americans and a Caucasian iron molder named Jim Shrofe Jim lives in a plantation across the river in Kentucky and is owner of a slave family consisting of Isaac, his wife Sarah, and their little baby girl The story continues with John crossing the river one November night into Jim s plantation in efforts to rescue Isaac However, John has a hard time getting Isaac to follow him to the river where he has his boat waiting to carry him across to freedom Isaac panics and tells John I can t leave my wife and baby and runs back to the plantation screaming After his failed attempt to rescue Isaac, John is evendetermined to go back and liberate him He waits till the following April to go back for a second attempt When he reaches Isaac and his wife, Sarah tells John Since you came back last fall, Master Shrofe watches our ev ry move He took my baby from me an makes her sleep ev ry night at the foot of his bed John comes up with a plan to rescue all of them including the baby and returns the following night to carry out his plan John directs Isaac and his wife to hold his shoes and wait for him in the woods near the river and he makes his way into Jim s house to grab the baby What follows is a heartpounding escape as John and the baby are pursued by an awoken Jim aiming and shooting his gun at John.The story covers themes of courage, determination, and faith The book also provides the author s and illustrator s notes at the beginning as well as a historical note at the end of the book which frames the story nicely The illustrations also make a powerful impact to the overall storyline The illustrator, Bryan Collier, uses a mosaic like style in his pictures highlighting nighttime colors throughout his illustrations as most of the story takes place during this time of the day In addition, he also mentions in his notes that he has illustrated people throughout the book with wavy lines across their faces to represent a river that are not part of the story s illustrations As he states in his note, these are the ancestors or protectors of Sarah and Isaac and their child This book can be an excellent resouce as part of a Social Studies lesson on slavery andspecifically, the Undeground Railroad There is another book written by the same author called Escape From Slavery that can be a complementary resource to this type of unit That book has five stories of slaves who escaped to freedom using the Underground Railroad This Coretta Scott King Honor book is appropriate for grade levels 3 5 and I would highly recommend adding it to your library

  7. Justice says:

    John Parker was a slave who bought his freedom by working as an iron molder John Parker was strongly against slavery and wanted all slaves to be free, so he began to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom by rowing families across the Ohio River, and then travel to the underground railroad This book tells a historical and heart wrenching story of how he leads a family to their freedom John s first attempt to help the family was unsuccessful and John is nearly killed John comes, back for the fami John Parker was a slave who bought his freedom by working as an iron molder John Parker was strongly against slavery and wanted all slaves to be free, so he began to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom by rowing families across the Ohio River, and then travel to the underground railroad This book tells a historical and heart wrenching story of how he leads a family to their freedom John s first attempt to help the family was unsuccessful and John is nearly killed John comes, back for the family with a different approach, but the family refuses to leave without their child Circular Connections For this specific lesson in history, I would find a video, or read another book that talks about the underground railroad Although the book, mentions the underground railroad, the book does not go into depth about it For the assignment, students will be given questions about the book and about the underground railroad For the writing portion, students will imagine that they are Sarah or Isaac Students will write the journal entries of their journey to freedom on the Underground Railroad Students will need to include the dangers they face, the route they follow, the people who help them, and information about their final destination and a new home 110.15 English Language Arts and Reading, Grade 4, Beginning with School Year 2009 2010 15 Writing Writing Process Students use elements of the writing process planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing to compose text Students are expected to A plan a first draft by selecting a genre appropriate for conveying the intended meaning to an audience and generating ideas through a range of strategies e.g., brainstorming, graphic organizers, logs, journals B develop drafts by categorizing ideas and organizing them into paragraphs C revise drafts for coherence, organization, use of simple and compound sentences, and audience D edit drafts for grammar, mechanics, and spelling using a teacher developed rubric and E revise final draft in response to feedback from peers and teacher and publish written work for a specific audience 16 Writing Literary Texts Students write literary texts to express their ideas and feelings about real or imagined people, events, and ideas Students are expected to A write imaginative stories that build the plot to a climax and contain details about the characters and setting

  8. Adriana Servin-cruz says:

    This book is a true story of John Parker, a former slave and successful businessman who risked his reputation, freedom, and life in order to help other slaves find salvation The story takes place in a time of slavery between the borders of the free state Ohio and the slave state Kentucky John owns his business where he works along with a white man named Jim who lives in a plantation across the river of Kentucky and owns a slave family Isaac, Sarah, and their baby daughter John becomes determ This book is a true story of John Parker, a former slave and successful businessman who risked his reputation, freedom, and life in order to help other slaves find salvation The story takes place in a time of slavery between the borders of the free state Ohio and the slave state Kentucky John owns his business where he works along with a white man named Jim who lives in a plantation across the river of Kentucky and owns a slave family Isaac, Sarah, and their baby daughter John becomes determined to help free the family that Jim is keeping One night, after getting caught before, he finally convinces Isaac and Sarah to follow him to freedom though they state that Jim has taken their daughter to sleep near him in order to prevent them from escaping again John decides to go get the their baby daughter and tells them to meet him near the river As John was attempting to escape along with their daughter, Jim heard the cries of the baby and soon starts firing at John After successfully regaining their daughter, John accomplished to free another family from such a ruthless lifestyle.The Underground Railroad consisted of many people secretly working along with others to help slaves escape their lifestyle and reach freedom The book highlights the risks and dangers these heroes would put themselves under to help acquaintances as well as strangers With this book, teachers can use this book to teach students about the unionization throughout this time period between those who opposed of slavery and the daring actions they took to exemplify their beliefs They can also use this reading to enhance students understanding of how the Underground Railroad functioned and who were some of its conductors This historical non fiction book is targeted for primary grades and it is perfect to use as an introductory to a history topic Its realistic tone is sure to put students in suspense about such a heroic action they will be cheering for

  9. Emily McCracken says:

    Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier, is a story about an African American who was born into slavery who eventually bought his way into freedom Before the civil war Kentucky was a slave state and Ohio was free Slaves traveled the underground railroad and crossed the Ohio river where they stayed with people who kept them safe until they could be moved further north Freedom River is based on John Parker s story to help an African American family escape across the rive Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier, is a story about an African American who was born into slavery who eventually bought his way into freedom Before the civil war Kentucky was a slave state and Ohio was free Slaves traveled the underground railroad and crossed the Ohio river where they stayed with people who kept them safe until they could be moved further north Freedom River is based on John Parker s story to help an African American family escape across the river to freedom This book would be great to use in a 3rd grade classroom at the beginning of a unit about slavery It discusses the difficulty and dangers of getting to freedom by way of the underground railroad At the end of the story it tells who John Parker is and gives his biography while the story itself is about how he was able to help a slave family to freedom.The illustrations in this book were very interesting The faces on the people were very intricate but the backgrounds wereabstract, they looked as though they were created from pieces of paper ripped and pieced back together The illustrations neither added nor took away from the story but were done in beautiful colors and really caught the readers eye.The end pages of the book showed a map of the Ohio River from Ohio to Kentucky and showed different areas such as islands and creeks I liked that the map was included because it gives children a sense of the width of the river where they had to cross as well as the distance down the river.I enjoyed the book and thought that it would be great to use as a read aloud

  10. Sarah Nottingham says:

    Freedom River by Bryan Collier is about a African American families escape to freedom I personally enjoyed the story very much The author made the story easy to follow and the illustration helped engage the reader I could use this story as a read aloud or independent read in a 3rd or 4th grade classroom This would be a wonderful read aloud story during a lesson plan dealing with history of the civil war, or black history month The story is engaging and teaches children about the fight Afric Freedom River by Bryan Collier is about a African American families escape to freedom I personally enjoyed the story very much The author made the story easy to follow and the illustration helped engage the reader I could use this story as a read aloud or independent read in a 3rd or 4th grade classroom This would be a wonderful read aloud story during a lesson plan dealing with history of the civil war, or black history month The story is engaging and teaches children about the fight African Americans went through in order to receive freedom The story could also be used as an independent read while discussing culture, diversity or history in class If I had a lesson plan about culture, I would suggest this book to African American students that wanted to learn about there history I would also recommend this story to students who were interested in the civil war or the civil rights movement As a teacher you could use the book to teach culture, diversity, history and theme The book contains several nonfiction conventions It contains boldface print to invasive escaping to freedom running and screaming It contains a preface, historical note and appendix to further explain the story Finally the book has a sequence text structure that leads the reader through the book Finally I enjoyed the accurate language used throughout the book, it engages the reader in the culture

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