Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan

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Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.
Imagine being looked up and down and being valued as less than chair. Less than an ox. Less than a dress. Maybe about the same as...a lantern.
You, an object. An object to sell.
In his gentle yet deeply powerful way, Ashley Bryan goes to the heart of how a slave is given a monetary value by the 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 fierce paintings 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 dreams and pride in knowing that they were worth far more than an Overseer or Madam ever would guess. Visually epic, and never before done, this stunning picture book is unlike anything you've seen.
Newbery Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
Target age group 6-10
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  • Age Group
    9 to 12 yrs
  • Language
    English
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Grade Level
    3-5
  • Theme
    History
  • Category
    Juvenile Fiction
  • Sub-Theme 1
    Social, Personal & Family Topics
  • Sub-Theme 2
    United States - African-American
  • Author
    Bryan, Ashley
  • Awards
    Newbery Honor
  • Lexile Level
    730
  • AR Level
    4.6
  • Pages
    56
  • Publication Date
    9/13/2016
  • Publisher
    Simon & Schuster
  • Dimensions
    0.4 H x 11.0 L x 10.1 W
  • Case Qty
    22
  • Dewey
    53001
  • Weight
    1.2 lbs
  • ISBN-13
    9781481456906
  • ISBN-10
    1481456903
  • Item #
    53001
Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away. Imagine being looked up and down and being valued as less than chair. Less than an ox. Less than a dress. Maybe about the same as...a lantern. You, an object. An object to sell. In his gentle yet deeply powerful way, Ashley Bryan goes to the heart of how a slave is given a monetary value by the 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 fierce paintings 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 dreams and pride in knowing that they were worth far more than an Overseer or Madam ever would guess. Visually epic, and never before done, this stunning picture book is unlike anything you've seen. Newbery Honor Book Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book Target age group 6-10

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