Friday, October 7, 2016

Spotlight Friday - Freedom Over Me 10.07.16

Time to get ready for the weekend!
Kick up your feet and find a good place to read.
Sharing #booklove for your classroom or library.
Spotlighting a book or two because these books deserve the spotlight!

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Freedom over me:
Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life by
Ashley Bryan

Just a quick mention for this beautiful book.

Why take a look at it:
  • illustrations - the beauty and uniqueness of them seem to convey their own story.  Mock Caldecott?
  • craft of the story - this book has an author's note you won't want to miss.  Bryan talks about his desire to listen to his illustrations and figure out the dreams of his characters.  I loved how there was a page describing the reality, while I know it was more harsh than being depicted, I also understand this is a book written for children.  After the page writing about the slaves' life, is a page that describes their dreams, their family origins and their hopes.  The different pages makes a great contrast.  I'm thinking Mock Newbery, Mock Coretta Scott King.
  • wonderful book for social studies, humanities, social (in)justice

Goodreads summary:
Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.

Imagine being looked up and down and being valued as less than chair. Less than an ox. Less than a dress. Maybe about the same as…a lantern.

You, an object. An object to sell.

In his gentle yet deeply powerful way, Ashley Bryan goes to the heart of how a slave is given a monetary value by the slave owner, tempering this with the one thing that CAN’T be bought or sold—dreams. Inspired by the actual will of a plantation owner that lists the worth of each and every one of his “workers”, Bryan has created collages around that document, and others like it. Through fierce paintings and expansive poetry he imagines and interprets each person’s life on the plantation, as well as the life their owner knew nothing about—their dreams and pride in knowing that they were worth far more than an Overseer or Madam ever would guess. Visually epic, and never before done, this stunning picture book is unlike anything you’ve seen.

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