©2001 Mildred D. Taylor; (P)2001 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Vivid - complex - powerful - convincing - The novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence." (Booklist)
This is a great story about a black family's struggle in the 1930's in the Southern USA. I used the narrative (with the paperback books) in my middle school class (for 2 years now) and the students love it. Most of them have very limited knowledge of the Civil Rights struggle in America. We used the book along with speeches by JFK and ML King, Jr and segments of the Harriett Tubman story to survey slavery and civil rights in the United States. The narrarator does an excellent job telling this story. My students couldn't wait to get to the end, and then they wanted to read the next book in the Mildred Taylor collection!
The chapters are completely off with the book. I use the audiobook for my reading class, and while the audiobook says chapter one, we were at the end of chapter 2. NOT TEACHER-FRIENDLY!
The narrator is incredible, the story is beautiful and educational. A wonderful story which will lead to many enriching conversations about black history.
Ch1) 00:27 Ch2) 47:16 Ch3) 1:02:22, Ch4) 1:44:12 Ch5) 2:37:34 Ch6) 2:59:39 Ch7) 3:38:12 Ch8) 4:29:05 Ch9) 5:06:07 Ch10) 5:40:51 Ch11) 6:17:30 Ch12) 6:41:24
The story was great. The sections in this audio player don't match up with the actual book chapters howver.
Performance could be improved by correcting the skipping/pausing that happens periodically.
Homeschool mom reading lots of fiction with my teenage daughter. We read mostly classics but also some pop fiction and sci fi.
Yes, this is a good story and the narrator does it justice. It's fast paced and has a good level of intensity.
The main characters are children and kids relate to them well. The main character in the book learns to deal with the situations (and emotions caused by them) in her not-so-simple life. There's a lot to learn!
This was one of our read aloud stories for home school this year. It's an incredible story, but the narrator delivers the lines with such flawlessness you cannot help but be swept away. We have an array of five children adopted from several ethnicities and this novel provided many, many hours of conversation and exploration. A MUST READ (or listen to) !
I am a middle school reading teacher who loves to show students the wonder and joy of reading.
This was such a great story. It was authentic and gave so much insight into what was going on during this time period in the US.
When the kids took action against the bus of white students.
She does a wonderful job capturing the sense of the time and each characters personalities.
Mama - she had soul, strength and attitude. What a courageous lady.
I never read this book as a student growing up. I passed it over for years as a teacher but boy am I glad I read. I have already recommended it to students.
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