Evans, Shane

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
"A stellar introduction to the Underground Railroad, narrated by a group of slaves. Readers experience the fugitives' escape, their long nighttime journey punctuated by meetings with friends and enemies, and their final glorious arrival in a place of freedom."--Amazon.com.

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Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1596435380
Branch Call Number: j 973.7115 E9291u 2011 Beginning Facts
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,29 cm


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This book is the 2012 Coretta Scott Kind Illustrator Award Winner. Narrated by slaves, this is a good introduction to the Underground Railroad.

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Feb 17, 2013
  • Nancy J Mata rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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I must start off with saying how much I enjoyed this piece of literature. I highly recommend this book for teachers and parents to introduce this book to children in Kindergarten and every level after that. Shane W. Evans demonstrated and illustrated a very unique and interesting way to inform children about historical events. I believe this is a great book to use for a history lesson.

Feb 17, 2013
  • Nancy J Mata rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really recommend this book; the illustrations tell the whole story and touched my heart. It is remarkable how the author have made the story, so easy to understand. Also it is very complex that we have a clear picture of what was like back then. I am deeply moved by the small description on each page. I like the way the descriptions start with small fragments and sentences since the characters are hiding, crawling, sleeping and cannot be loud. As the story progresses, the characters are closer to freedom, and the descriptions are more descriptive. The closer they will get to the light; their voices become louder. I find myself traveling with them in their quest for freedom. At the end of the book, I was happy for the characters because the final illustration shows a family together, shows an image for hopes and freedom. I really love this book.

Mr. Shane Evans has created a story line that has a powerful message with in the whole content of the book. By telling the story of the Underground Railroad without overwhelming the audience with to much expressive imagery, in fact it was just the right amount for the audience he was targeting. The reality of it is most of us knew that the Underground Railroad was a very rough and tiresome journey. Mr. Shane Evans has really demonstrated the event as delicately and perfectly with his dramatic illustrations, which shows children the fleeing and hiding in the night people had to do to escape their troublesome times. Some people may have found that the experience of the book was simply too emotional for children, however, explained properly this story in fact can be read as an enlightening story about the past to the present day of society.

The genre of this book is children's and historical, it is a powerful well written book containing beautiful illustrations about slaves seeking freedom through the Underground Railroad. The story is about a slave family sneaking past the plantation owner and facing close calls, meeting friends and enemies along the way as they eventually find freedom. I recommend this book because it teaches young readers about the aspect of freedom and also helping others. This book is very intense with minimal words, it shows how they had to rely on others to survive, and the author did a great job of portraying the events through the pictures. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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Freedom. I am free. He is free. She is free. We are free.

Feb 17, 2013
  • Nancy J Mata rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"I am Free"

"We are tired." "We are free." "Freedom."

"We are almost there"
"We run, We crawl, We rest."


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This book is about a slave family who went searching for freedom. They experienced/went through a lot on the way like quietness,fear, running, and even crawling. The family finds freedom at the end!

This book is about the slaves moving from the south to the north. The underground was a fight for freedom from the harsh treatment of the South to the "free" North. The story of the underground is being told in much simpler way for the reader to grasp the concept of the real events of the underground.

This story is about a slave family seeking independence from slavery. They sneak past where they are being held, and go through trials and tribulations before they eventually find freedom. It is a great book to read to children because it teaches about helping others.


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