Format: Picture Books
Dimensions: 32 pages, 11.29 × 8.85 × 0.33 in
Published: January 18, 2011
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1596435380
ISBN - 13: 9781596435384
About the Book
A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind stranger's home. Where are they heading? They ahgggre heading for Freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.
From the Publisher
One of School Library Journal’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2011
A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind stranger''s home. Where are they heading? They are heading for Freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.
About the Author
SHANE EVANS has illustrated numerous books for children, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner Shanna''s Ballerina Show. He attributes much of his influence to his travels to Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and much of the United States. He is a firm believer in education and creative development for all people.
"A stellar introduction to the Underground Railroad… Though subdued in palette until the eruption of color as the figures reach the threshold of freedom, the author’s collaged nocturnal paintings shimmer with an arresting luminescence." — Starred, School Library Journal "Powerfully expressive imagery will sweep young viewers into this suspenseful journey along the Underground Railroad…Lengthier accounts of travel on the Underground Railroad abound, but few if any portray the experience with such compelling immediacy."— Starred, Kirkus Reviews "With haunting pictures and a few simple sentences, Evans introduces beginning readers to a crucial piece of American history…Telling the story without overwhelming readers is a delicate task, but Evans walks the line perfectly." — Starred, Publishers Weekly "The mixed-media illustrations are the main focus here, and they’re luminous and haunting. The tension between dark and light visually pulses through the spreads: the whites of the escaping family’s eyes gleam in cut-paper collage, the slender crescent of a moon shines overhead, and the amber glow from a window or a searcher’s torch stands out with startling distinction in scenes otherwise constituted almost entirely from shadowy blues and blacks." — Starred, BCCB "The minimal text drums like a heartbeat. From terror to triumph, a perfect evocation for very young readers of what it means to escape from bondage."