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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

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This gentle but uncompromising book looks at the monetary value unfeelingly assigned to slaves, asking readers to imagine what it felt like to be looked up and down and found to be less valuable than a chair. Less than an ox. Less than a dress. Maybe about the same as...a lantern.

Ashley Bryan goes to the heart of slavery by examining the dollar value set on human beings by a 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 fiercely imagined illustrations 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 visions for the future and pride in knowing that they were worth far more than an overseer or madam ever would guess. Visually epic, and never before attempted in children's literature, this stunning picture book is unlike anything young readers have ever seen before.


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Product Details

  • Item #: NTS662383
  • ISBN13: 9781481456906
  • Format: Hardcover Book
  • Pages: 56
  • Genre:
    Historical Fiction
  • Grades: 4 - 6
  • Lexile® Measure: 730L
  • Guided Reading Level: GR Level T
  • DRA Level: 40 - 50
  • ACR Level: 4.6

Freedom Over Me

Hardcover Book


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