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Almost to Freedom by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
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Read on January 27, 2010

Sally, a beloved rag doll, tells the story of how Lindy's family escapes to freedom from slavery in this award winning book. Lindy loves and cares for Sally like a friend and ties her tight around her as she works next to her mother. In the middle of the night, she is woken by her mother to make a run towards her father and freedom. They spend a night in a station on the Underground Railroad but must quickly flee, leaving Sally behind. The reader is left feeling sadness for the doll and hope for the family. When another family comes along, Sally finds a new home.

For me, this story shows friendship, hope and endurance in the face of adversity. The author illustrates a child's fears in a way that is not too overwhelming for young readers. The universality of this fear comes together when the doll is found by another young child who is raw with the same emotions. I loved how it is told through the doll's perspective. The afterward of the book explains how the author thought of this idea. While at a museum she came across some of these very dolls and her husband said to her, "there's a story in that".
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Ch_ebonysmith I am interested in reading this story now. A point of it all seems to be getting over the lose of something near and dear.


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