Underground

Underground

Book - 2010
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A stellar introduction to the Underground Railroad, narrated by a group of slaves. Readers experience the fugitives' escape, their long nighttime journey punctuated by meetings with friends and enemies, and their final glorious arrival in a place of freedom.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781596435384
Branch Call Number: E EVA
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill

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forbesrachel Apr 07, 2015

Hidden by darkness, a group of slaves makes their way towards freedom. The Underground Railroad was full of brave men and women who sought out this precious human right, and helped others to obtain it as well. These people had far to travel, some coming even up to Canada, and they had to do so in secret, less they be caught. Shane W. Evans seeks to impart the feel of this furtive endeavour rather than specific information about the Underground, although some information is included in the back. With his blue, night filled illustrations, rough-hewn figures, and straight-to-the point text, he imbues a sense of the tension, fear, and finally joy these people must have felt. This approach is probably best for young children, but requires a parent to discuss the significance. As they step out of the dark and into the rays of light, this family finally knows freedom.

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KLalala
Feb 25, 2013

I must start off with saying how much I enjoyed this piece of literature. I highly recommend this book for teachers and parents to introduce this book to children in Kindergarten and every level after that. Shane W. Evans demonstrated and illustrated a very unique and interesting way to inform children about historical events. I believe this is a great book to use for a history lesson.

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Nancy J Mata
Feb 17, 2013

I really recommend this book; the illustrations tell the whole story and touched my heart. It is remarkable how the author have made the story, so easy to understand. Also it is very complex that we have a clear picture of what was like back then. I am deeply moved by the small description on each page. I like the way the descriptions start with small fragments and sentences since the characters are hiding, crawling, sleeping and cannot be loud. As the story progresses, the characters are closer to freedom, and the descriptions are more descriptive. The closer they will get to the light; their voices become louder. I find myself traveling with them in their quest for freedom. At the end of the book, I was happy for the characters because the final illustration shows a family together, shows an image for hopes and freedom. I really love this book.

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asrushing2014
Jan 26, 2013

Mr. Shane Evans has created a story line that has a powerful message with in the whole content of the book. By telling the story of the Underground Railroad without overwhelming the audience with to much expressive imagery, in fact it was just the right amount for the audience he was targeting. The reality of it is most of us knew that the Underground Railroad was a very rough and tiresome journey. Mr. Shane Evans has really demonstrated the event as delicately and perfectly with his dramatic illustrations, which shows children the fleeing and hiding in the night people had to do to escape their troublesome times. Some people may have found that the experience of the book was simply too emotional for children, however, explained properly this story in fact can be read as an enlightening story about the past to the present day of society.

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CourtneyHendon
Jan 20, 2013

The genre of this book is children's and historical, it is a powerful well written book containing beautiful illustrations about slaves seeking freedom through the Underground Railroad. The story is about a slave family sneaking past the plantation owner and facing close calls, meeting friends and enemies along the way as they eventually find freedom. I recommend this book because it teaches young readers about the aspect of freedom and also helping others. This book is very intense with minimal words, it shows how they had to rely on others to survive, and the author did a great job of portraying the events through the pictures. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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KLalala
Feb 25, 2013

KLalala thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

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Nancy J Mata
Feb 17, 2013

Nancy J Mata thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over

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asrushing2014
Jan 26, 2013

asrushing2014 thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

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CourtneyHendon
Jan 20, 2013

CourtneyHendon thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 13

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red_tiger_1590
Jul 23, 2012

red_tiger_1590 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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KLalala
Feb 25, 2013

Freedom. I am free. He is free. She is free. We are free.

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Nancy J Mata
Feb 17, 2013

"I am Free"

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asrushing2014
Jan 26, 2013

"We are tired." "We are free." "Freedom."

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CourtneyHendon
Jan 20, 2013

"We are almost there"
"We run, We crawl, We rest."

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KLalala
Feb 25, 2013

This book is about a slave family who went searching for freedom. They experienced/went through a lot on the way like quietness,fear, running, and even crawling. The family finds freedom at the end!

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asrushing2014
Jan 26, 2013

This book is about the slaves moving from the south to the north. The underground was a fight for freedom from the harsh treatment of the South to the "free" North. The story of the underground is being told in much simpler way for the reader to grasp the concept of the real events of the underground.

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CourtneyHendon
Jan 20, 2013

This story is about a slave family seeking independence from slavery. They sneak past where they are being held, and go through trials and tribulations before they eventually find freedom. It is a great book to read to children because it teaches about helping others.

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