I remember that as a young boy I used to look in the mirror and I would curse my color, my blackness. But in those days they didn't call you "black." They didnt say "minority." They called us "colored" or "nigger."
Leon Tillage grew up the son of a sharecropper in a small town in North Carolina. Told in vignet ...more
I do have to say that I think Roth did a disservice to this story. I'm not big into art but I can appreciate certain forms. But her collage art in this text makes the book seem tacky. And the story and author ar ...more
I began recording my reading in earnest that year. I have ever since. It is fun to look back at the summary and consider a “reading year.” I sort by genre – adult and children’s. The first ...more
This story taught me that no matter what comes my way, as long as I work hard, I can achieve anything I set my mind ...more
I give this book four stars because of Tillage's gentle approach to racism. He provides room for the reader to see ...more
The major theme in this book focuses on the segregation in the south. An underlying them ...more
Theme(s): If you work hard enough, eventually your hard work will pay off. You can't move forward by hanging onto the past.
Connecting to the cla ...more
The major theme of Leon's Story is to bring to light the is ...more
A huge theme in this book was perseverance because Leon always kept his head high and strive to move forward in his life, instead of d ...more
B. All men and woman are equal. Also, fight for what you believe in, even if that means going against the status quo.
C. This book is great to read when teaching lessons on the civil rights movement. Also ...more
Looking for a book that's about slavery? An autobiography on someone who actually experienced? Well, this book is different from other books about slavery in the south during the 1800's. For starters, it's actually an autobiography unlike many other slave stories, that are based on facts. Leon's Story is about a small boy, Leon Walter Tillage, and yes, you guessed it, his story. It's all about his adventures as an African, such as his adventures as a black kid. Although it's a pretty short bo...more
Leon had to face racism everyday in his life. This book reveals the horrifying truth about racism and how many people dealt with i ...more
They lived on a nice farm where it is cold most of the time and it is dry also, with a nice man, but they want to try something new so they move to another farm but they don't like it as much s ...more