FREDERICK’S JOURNEY by Doreen Rappaport tells the inspirational true story of a slave boy who ultimately achieves freedom and spreads his abolitionist beliefs to promote change.
The author skillfully weaves together a nonfiction narrative that combines Douglass’ life story with excerpts from his writings and speeches. Amazing illustrations by London Ladd add to the power of this important story.
In addition to the narrative itself, the book also includes an Author’s Note, Illustrator’s Note, timeline, and sources.
The Big Words series is an excellent way to introduce youth to key historical figures. Librarians will find Frederick’s Journey to be an excellent addition. Consider creating a display that features this entire series. Incorporate a timeline that shows how the books are connected chronologically and thematically.
To learn more about the author, go to http://doreenrappaport.com/.
To learn more about the illustrator, go to http://www.londonladd.com/.
Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 3, 2015. ARC courtesy of the publisher.