The Listeners (Tales of Young Americans)
Ella May lives on a plantation but she doesn’t live in the great house. She is a slave. It’s dark in the morning when Ella May heads to the fields to pick cotton. And it’s sunset when she comes home. But her day isn’t done, not yet. Ella May still has important work to do. She’s got to listen.
Each night Ella May and her friends secretly listen outside the windows of their...more
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This type of book is one that needs to be read and talked about. How would you feel if your daddy got 'sold' to another plantation and you never got to see him again? I know my heart would break and probably...more
This is a story of those children. They listen at the big house window after evening mealtime and report back to their parents what they heard. They hear things such as a new overseer will be hired, a neighbor had asked to purchase a slave but that slave couldn't be spared. One nigh...more
Appetizer: This historical picturebook shows the experience of slavery through the eyes of children who, after a long day of labor in the cotton fields, were tasked with listening to the plantation owners.
As you can probably imagine with a picturebook about slavery, this book is very emotionally stirring. The page where the children overhear that the master is considering selling William, the narrator (Ella May's) fa...more
At the end of every day, Ella May and her friends, Bobby and Sue, are sent to the big house on the plantation to listen beneath the windows. There they would sometimes hear news that would impact the slaves--a new slave boss, possible slave trades, a new President, and more. Ultimately, it's a story of hope.
I had never heard about this aspect of slave society,...more
It gives kids a somewhat softer look inside of slave life in America. At the end, it talks about Lincoln getting elected and the slaves rejoice. It it a good way to introduce the emancipation proclamation to kids.
Totally unsure of what the kids would think of this one. Now that I've actually read it I will have to promote it more with students and teachers and see what happens.
One of those inbetween titles where it has more words than your average picture book. But definitely not long enough to be a "chapter" book.