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..Show More » 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!
My daughter loved Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry in this series. Ms. Lynne Thigpen narrated it to perfection. Unfortunately, this narrator, Ms. Johnson,..Show More » does not live up to Thigpen's performance. My daughter would not finish listening to this audiobook as she said the narrator's voice annoyed her and took away from the story. Now, I understand why some sellers on Amazon are asking for $200 or so (ouch!) for the CD set with Ms. Thigpen as the much better narrator. I wonder why Audible used this inferior narrator for all the other books in the series, except Roll of Thunder. How unfortunate!!! I would advise listeners to skip this audiobook and get the book instead, unless you can find a reasonably priced CD with Lynne Thigpen as narrator.
Mississippi Bridge is one of my favorite books for young children. This book is used with our gifted students because it demonstrates how different c..Show More »ultures deal with conflict. Ms. Taylor's black characters take a subservient role when in the presence of most white characters, but on their own they are unique individuals with a drive and purpose that the white characters lack. I was glad to see the Logan family again, and to learn more about Jeremy Simms, one of the white characters. I liked the way Ms. Taylor dealt with Jeremy's effort to understand racial discrimination, the fact that Jeremy does not share his father's view of black people, and that he is willing to disobey his father because he knew those beliefs were wrong. The ending of the book is very poignant and allows the reader to explore not only the character's feelings but their own. The reader needs to be aware that Ms. Taylor doesn't avoid use of derogatory terms of the time. This gives the reader an authentic representation of life for people of color in 1930's Mississippi. The "N Word" is used as part of the colloquial speech of that time.
Here is a book that can't be sat down! I have loved other of her books but this one is just fantatic. The story is gripping and heartwarming. There is..Show More » not annoying profanity, or uncomfortable sexual scenes. This book is one that makes you sit in the car long after you have finished your trip and keep listening. The characters are developed well, and maybe the best thing is that I found myself wanting to have the character and integrity of Paul.