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Slave Girl: The Diary Of Clotee, Virginia, USA 1859 (Dear America)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  2,593 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Freedom is one of the first words I teached myself to write. Down in the Quarters people pray for freedom - they sing 'bout freedom, but to keep Mas' Henley from knowin' their true feelings, they call freedom "heaven." Everybody's mind is on freedom.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 17th 2003 by Scholastic (first published March 1st 1997)
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Olivia Abbott
This book is a diary of a girl named Clotee. She is a slave who learns to read and write from fanning her Master's son during his lessons. This is probably one of the best books i have ever read. It is SO good.
Eva Leger
It's very rare for me to to feel the way I did reading this book since it's a work of fiction. How often does a person find a fictional book and actually get so into it that it seems real? Maybe that's because it's so easy to realize that Clotee, along with the rest of the characters, WERE real..somewhere, sometime, these fictional characters were probably right on the mark.
This is another book that would be a great one to give to a younger reluctant reader. I'm so happy I read it- it's so wort
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Theresa C

A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl-chapter book historical fiction
McKissack, Patricia Scholastic Inc. c1997 ISBN-0-590-25988-1
The year is 1859, just before the start of the Civil War and twelve year old Clotee is a slave on the Belmont Plantation in Virginia. She has known no other life other than that of a slave; however one of her jobs is to fan the plantation owner’s son as he is taking his lessons. It is in this way that she secretly learns how to read and write and begi
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This is one of the most fascinating books I've read in the Dear America series. Twelve year old Clotee is a true heroine in every sense of the word. Her journal gives a vivid detail of what slavery is like in the year 1859 and what it's like for those trying to free those who are forced into a life serving others.

What I found most fascinating about Clotee, is her quest for knowledge and an education. She yearns for Freedom and in so doing, she helped saved the lives of other slaves and become a
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Rebecca
The year is 1859. Clotee has lived all twelve years of her life as a slave on the Belmont Plantation in Virginia. 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. To practice, she keeps a secret diary that she hides in a hollowed-out tree. 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 an ...more
Becca Buckman
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. Clotee dreams of freedom and always wonders if she will be able to see the real picture depicting the true meaning of the powerful word. Clotee spends most of her nights writing in her diary and dreams of the day she can become an abolitionist to help free ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

It is 1859 in Virginia. Clotee lives on Belmont Plantation and serves Mas' Henley. She feels lucky because she doesn't have to work in the fields like many of the other slaves. Her job is to attend the lessons Mas' Henley's wife teaches to her two children.

When the weather is warm, Clotee's job is to fan the children as they work on their studies. The thing is, Clotee doesn't simply keep the children cool; she also watches over thei
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Ana Mardoll
Picture of Freedom (Virginia Plantation) / 0-590-25988-1

The history here is correct and the Dear America diary format works well for personalizing a very complex and difficult period of history. The narrator is remarkably easy to identify with, and her love of learning and yearning to read is tangible. Her narrative reminds us what a privilege it is just to be able to read. The author has to bend over backwards to justify how a slave can safely keep a diary, when the very idea of such a thing is
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Chiara
i started to read this book because i have read many different diary formed books and i had heard from my friend that this was a book i needed to read.
the category i put this book in was that it was written by a female, whoms name is Patricia C. McKissack.
the things i liked about this book was that it made me realise all the things that slaves that were africian american had went through in those days because of all the experiences that they had gone through. another favourite thing i loved was
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Katieb (MundieMoms)
This is one of the most fascinating books I've read in the Dear America series. Twelve year old Clotee is a true heroine in every sense of the word. Her journal gives a vivid detail of what slavery is like in the year 1859 and what it's like for those trying to free those who are forced into a life serving others.

What I found most fascinating about Clotee, is her quest for knowledge and an education. She yearns for Freedom and in so doing, she helped saved the lives of other slaves and become a
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chucklesthescot
This is another from the My Story fictional book series where a historical event is written in the form of a diary from someone who was witnessing it. 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.

It gives you an idea of just how much work the slaves had to do, even the children. Clotee is a house slave who works very long h
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Abzi
I had been wanting to read some historical fiction for a while but not the same romantic love story over again. I found the 'my story series' and I love them!
Set in 1859, it is written in diary form and tells of Clotee a slave who is learning to read and write in secret. Most words she can associate with pictures, but 'freedom is just a word'. Through the novel she tries to understand the word freedom and gain a picture to go along with that word as she tries to free herself from slavery.
At the
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Erin
By far the best book in the Dear America series that Five of Hearts and I have read so far. The writing is absolutely phenomenal! Patricia C. McKissack's character of Clotee comes to life so beautifully that it was hard not to become completely engrossed in her story. Five of Hearts has read the Addy (American Girl) series so we have previously discussed slavery in the United States. However, A Picture of Freedom gave a detailed account of life on a plantation for a young slave. There were many ...more
Taylor
I thought the book was quite interesting because of they way the book follows an ordinary slave girl. I loved to read about her progress as a reader, and (view spoiler) ...more
Alyssa
I liked this Dear America book much better then the Oregon Trail one. The main character seemed much more real and I loved her thirst for knowledge. There were a few parts that were somewhat violent and depressing but considering this book is about a slave girl in the south, I found it very positive and uplifting. 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. Very good book for o ...more
Fives OnTheFly
Our favorite book so far in the Diary of America series. "A Picture of Freedom" is an exceptionaly well written account of a young slave's life on a Virginia Plantation. Five of Hearts and I were hooked from the first page and finished this diary in just a few readings. As with any account of slavery there were some horrific parts to read to Five of Hearts. However, there were also many beautiful and inspirational moments that made up this wonderful narrative. We would definetely recommend this ...more
Erin R
This historical fiction novel is written in the format of diary entries made by a young slave girl in Virginia. It tells the story of Clotee, a clever girl who secretly learned to read and write by observing during lessons given to the master’s son. She later uses this gift of literacy to help fellow slaves to escape and becomes part of the Underground Railroad. Additionally, it gives many details about the daily lives of plantation slaves.

Characteristics that make this historical fiction speci
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Beverly
Clotee has spent the last 3 years fanning the master's son, during his lessons. It is during this time she also learns to read. In fact, she shows more aptitude than the young master. In 1859 slaves are NOT to be taught to read and anyone who facilitates this learning will be jailed.

Clotee is an orphan, and is raised by the cook, Aunt Tee, and her husband Uncle Heb. Aunt Tee has been the cook and "close" to Master since his marriage to Miz Lilly. As excited as Clotee is about reading, she is af
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Rpejack
It was a really good book. It was writen like a diary in the point of view of a slave girl on a southern plantation. Since it was written in the point of veiw of a girl the age of 12 or 13 it helped me relate to the main character. At the begining it can be a little slow at first but then it gets way more interesting. It is an easy read. The story is only 172 pages long. There are 28 more pages of historical notes after the story.It has medium sized font. It is a Historical fiction book.
carolyn
This is a very quick read, but I enjoyed it. It is written in a diary format by a little slave girl named Clotee. It tells about how she taught herself to read and write (which is why she started her diary), and also about some of the things that slaves endured. She actually had the chance to run away and escape slavery but instead remained on the plantation and became an abolitionist so she could help other slaves escape to their freedom. A story about a very strong young lady.
Irene
This book is good if you like to be bored. I didnt enjoy it at all. It might be the fact that i read the book mostly at night but i found it hard not to fall asleep. Its i think meant for 5th-7th graders because i remember seeing it when i was a kid in my elementary school library. That also migt of contrubuted to my bordem, maybe im too old now. But al in all i dont likeit, but im sure someone elce will.
Amy
I like the series Dear America. I picked this book up at a yard sale for a quarter, and I expected about a dollar's worth. It was surprisingly not just good, but great! I loved the way the author progressed the story along by educating Clotee, thus Clotee's diary progressed and became more well-written. A great, short read.
Juli
I had a hard time getting into this book and wasn't sure where it was going to take me. I felt like its theme and moral were too obvious and I wanted something to make me think more. However, the more I read, the more I appreciated the story and the manner in which it was told. We could use more Clotees and Williams in the world today.
Deborah Martinez
This is a young adult historical fiction novel, but I enjoyed it very much! Clotee lives on the Belmont Plantation in Virginia and serves Mas' Henley. The book is in diary format. Clotee learned how to read and write as one of her jobs was to fan the plantation owner's son as he is taking his lessons, because of learning how to read and write she starts a diary that she hides in a hallowed out tree! It is a short read, and at the end of the book there is a section with historical notes that I en ...more
William Hiser
Children’s Historical Fiction
A Picture of Freedom, written by Patricia McKissack, is a 183 page children’s historical fiction novel published by Scholastic in 1997. It was written for grades 4-6, ages 10-12. Experience the Virginia plantation life in 1859 through the eyes of a 12 year-old slave girl named Clotee. Although noticed by the people around her, Clotee can read and write, a secret that could cost her life. Hunger, beatings, hard work, long days, and death are daily experiences for Clot
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Shannonmd
Clottee is a very inspiring girl. Raised on a plantation all her life with no parents to look after her she is secretly teaching herself to read and write. When new girl Spicy and the new tutor comes along she thinks her days of learning are over. But when she discovers a plan that would sell her brother Hince, and her best friend to the Deep South where escape is nearly impossible she takes problems into her own hands. She soon figures out how to send them to freedom. After that she becomes a c ...more
Moop
Great book set up as a diary of a slave girl who works in the big Ouse. As she works in the house she learns to read by sitting in a room where one of the white children-is tutored. She then realizes how awful slavery is and how it is wrong. As she gets older she starts to participate in the Underground Railroad helping other slaves. Not sure if this book would be appropriate for third grades, maybe near the end of third grade but there is some questionable things in the book ie rape. Enjoyed th ...more
Micah lauren, evelyn farquharson
The book Dear America: A Picture of Freedom by Patricia C. Mckissack, the protagonist Clotee is 12 years old and is a slave. She writes in a journal everyday early in the morning because in the time when they had slaves they could not read or write and if they get caught doing it they would get beaten or even killed. She never got caught and she is so brave to do it because she can be killed just for writing. But was not only her that does that others do it but some of them get caught doing it a ...more
Kimberly Tardy
This book is about Clotee, who is a 12 years old slave girl in Belmont Plantation, Virginia. She taught herself how to read and write. Her mom was sold to other plantation and died when she was young. Clotee grew by Aunt Tee and Uncle Heb. Her friends were Hince, spicy and Wook. Wook was killed when she tried to runaway. Clotee met Mr. Harms who was an abolitionist on the Underground Railroad. She wanted to be an abolitionist too.
In the book, Clotee shares her feelings, experiences and thoughts
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