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Underground by Shane W. Evans
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Oct 02, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: civil-rights, ncbla, picture-book
Read in October, 2011

Using simple words and phrases such as "We run" and "We rest" and minimalist illustrations filled with blues and blacks and triangles representing the whites of the eyes of escaping slaves, this picture book portrays vividly how the Underground Railroad worked. As they draw nearer to freedom and the end of their long, harrowing journey, the illustrator includes yellows to indicate the sun and the hope with which these men, women, and children make their way north. All sorts of things happen as they travel. There's even a series of illustrations showing the birth of a child. An afterword provides additional information on the Underground Railroad, the concept of freedom, and the author/illustrator's inspiration from Pastor Alice, a modern day heroine. The book delivers a powerful message as it explains a part of history not easy to explore with young readers.
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