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The Red Comb

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In mid-nineteenth-century Puerto Rico, an old woman and a young village girl conspire to prevent the capture of a runaway African slave.
Hardcover, 46 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Bridgewater Books (first published January 1st 1991)
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Stacy Slater
Capturing escaped slaves makes Pedro Calderon a wealthy man and the envy of many in his village. But Sina Rosa reminds them that many of them had ancestors who were also escaped slaves, and they should be helping those who run from oppression. One young girl listens, and when she discovers a runaway slave seeks out Sina Rosa for advice. Together, they outwit Pedro Calderon to make a better life for the unfortunate woman.

Here's a book that teaches valuable lessons about following the golden rule
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Lisa Frase
Mar 22, 2011 Lisa Frase rated it really liked it
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Today I read The Red Comb by Fernando Pico aloud to my fourth graders. The story is set in 19th Century Puerto Rico, so I pulled out the map to show my students where Puerto Rico is located (the smallest, most eastern island in the Greater Antilles. I confess I know little about this self-governing commonwealth territory under the United States. The story was an eye-opening cultural experience for all of us.

The Red Comb is about a young girl and an older woman who work together to help a runaway
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Sandra Y.
Feb 12, 2013 Sandra Y. rated it really liked it
The Red Comb by Fernando Pico is a story set in 19th Century Puerto Rico, which deals with topic of slavery. In specific it deals with a young girl, and an older woman who together hide a runaway slave. Overall I thought it was an interesting approach at looking into another time and culture. I would recommend this book for late third grade and up.
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A good book for older elementary students. A good multicultural book.
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