The plot flowed seamlessly and the characters really seemed to come to life.
Here we have a 12 year old girl who witnesses all the horrors of slavery and cruelty against her friends, while hope arrives in the form of a man with connections to the Underground Railway which takes slaves to freedom. Highly recommended! Each book ends with an "epilogue" summarizing the girl's adult life as though she were a real person. When a tutor comes to the plantation to teach the master's young son, Clotee figures that he'll just be another prejudiced southerner. This is a great book that is both heartbreaking and inspiring and overall very thought provoking. Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2018. Wow. I realize this is a children's book, but I had another one of the books in the Dear America series as a child that I loved dearly and just recently found out there were many more. Is thanksgiving day in Grenada truly a thank you to US troops that invaded Grenada after Communist leader was executed? A couple weeks later, Aunt Tee and Spicy were sent to the slave quarters. Patricia C. McKissack's character of Clotee comes to life so beautifully that it was hard not to become completely engrossed in her story. In October, Mr. Harms had learned her secret, but did not reveal that he was an abolitionist until early December. She lived on a plantation in the 1950’s. March 1st 1997 Rich with details of pioneer life, this fictional diary has a good deal of truth in it. There were many, By far the best book in the Dear America series that Five of Hearts and I have read so far.
We would definetely recommend this. Comment Report abuse. This book is very interesting and it hooked me. But this book hit me right in the feels. Helpful.  Her father, Bob Coleman drowned before she was born. Patricia C. McKissack's character of Clotee comes to life so beautifully that it was hard not to become completely engrossed in her story. Rissa died five years later. Dear America: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, A Picture of Freedom by Patricia C. McKissack is an inspirational story told through the eyes and feelings of a fourteen-year-old slave girl living on the Belmont Plantation in Virginia in 1859. Published It is about a slave girl named Clotee who is learning to read and write secretly. This book is very interesting and it hooked me. It feels wrong to say a book written from the perspective of a slave is "excellent," but it should genuinely be required reading for all. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. may be based on actual historical events and real people, Clotee is a fictional character, created by the author, and her diary and its epilogue are works of fiction. After he lost, Hince told Master Henley about Mr. Harms in order to get his freedom papers.
But he's an abolitionist that further expands Clotee's horizons, and he may be able to give her the one thing she longs for: freedom. Welcome back. Now I would like more info on the real woman.
The main character seemed much more real and I loved her thirst for knowledge. It's very rare for me to to feel the way I did reading this book since it's a work of fiction. 4.5 stars. is there any profane language used in this book? Clotee was born in spring "when the dogwoods bloomed" according to Aunt Tee around 1847. To be able to abuse them mentally and physically and get away with it. A month later, Spicy was brought to work in the kitchens. Clotee was bright and learned how to read and write within three years. But in doing so another slave girl named Missy rats on her, which puts her and many other slaves in danger. I realize this is a children's book, but I had another one of the books in the Dear America series as a child that I loved dearly and just recently found out there were many more. It might be the fact that i read the book mostly at night but i found it hard not to fall asleep. Frightened by tales of Indian raids and the Donner Party, Hattie in Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie finds life along the trail different from her expectations, though no less eventful. Her close friends were Hince and Spicy. Clotee has lived all twelve years of her life as a slave on the Belmont Plantation in Virginia. I was also pleasantly surprised to read at the end that it was based on a true story and the main character really did live and do the things the book talks about. As an adult, William Henley wrote a letter to Clotee that said, “Through education Mr. Harms did more to destroy slavery than all the laws on the books could legislate.” Why did William think ... real person. When a tyrannical overseer and an abolitionist disguised as a tutor come to Belmont Plantation, the stage is set for drama. I'll admit that sometimes I have a heart of stone, and I rarely emotionally connect with books.
by Scholastic Inc. A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia 1859 (Dear America). I put the right letters in my head to make sure I remembered their place.
Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, https://dearamerica.fandom.com/wiki/Clotee_Henley?oldid=13755. Each author brings to her book a wealth of background research as well as a strong heroine and an involving story. Still have questions? In later December, Master Henley made a bet, promising Hince to the Campbelles' if they won. Verified Purchase. At the begining it can be a little slow at first but then it gets way more interesting. To practice, she keeps a secret diary that she hides in a hollowed-out tree.
Although she has known no life other than that of a slave, she has secretly learned how to read and write, and that ability gives her a glimpse of the world out there. Very good book for older children to learn about slavery and the trials they experienced. The unfortunate effect of these epilogues is to blur fiction and history in readers' minds. It was written in the form of a dairy. An orphan most of her life, Clotee has managed to make the best of her circumstances, and writing is one of the few things that brings her any joy. She and Spicy became close friends within a few months.
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