Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington
of making friends with words,
setting free the secrets
that lived in books.
Born into slavery, young Booker T. Washington could only dream of learning to read and write. After emancipation, Booker began a five-hundred-mile journey, mostly on foot, to Hampton Institute, taking his first of many steps towards a college degree. When he arrived, he had just fifty c ...more
This story of a young Book T. Washington is a must-have for all school and library collections. See for yourself!
Story: 5 stars/5
Illustrations: 7 stars/5
Target Audience: Primary elementary
Genre: The genre of this book is historical nonfiction because the author writes a fictional story that takes place in a particular time period in the past. This book is about Booker T. Washington who was a real person in history, born a few years before the Civil War began.
Text-to-Self: I connected this book to myself because Washington and I share a love for rea ...more
Fifty Cents and a Dream is an inspiring story about a young Booker T. Washington. It introduces young readers to this important figure, his early life as a slave, a worker in salt mines, his first days in school, and, eventually, a young man who journeys hundreds of miles just for the chance to go to college. He finally arrives--with only fifty cents in h ...more
The Civil War and slavery is briefly talked about throughout elementary school. So for text-to-text, I could easy connect this book to another book about the Civil War, for example, Civil War by John E. Stanchak. This way the students would get more background information about the Civil War, as well as get to see one perspective of a young slave boy.
I think this book has excellent messages throughout it. One reoccurrin ...more
This book takes the reader on a journey from his time as a slave, to freedom, to learning to read, to getting an education, and eventually to teaching and leading others.
After attending school and working for a few years, Washington found out about a college for negroes, the Hampton Institute in Virginia. With only fifty cents in his pocket, Washington undertook a 500 mile journey t ...more
Collier's mixed media collage, along with his pain ...more
Even without the text, one can follow his early life as he carries books for the white girl, watches the school ...more
While the story itself is beautiful and compelling, B ...more
Later his family along with himself were granted their freedom, but life continued to be hard and they moved to West Virginia to find work. Even though he had to work every day in a coal mine, he went to school and studied.
His hard work paid off and he was accepted into Hampton Institute. With on ...more
I wasn't completely sold on the art style, it worked, just wasn't my favorite, but it didn't really retract from this amazing guy's story, so no harm in the end. Definitely written as a read aloud book for a young audience, as some of the wor...more
Still, the book is a short, excelle ...more
"Jabari Asim is such an elegant writer that you won't realize how smoothly he drew you in until you're halfway through this book. Humane and humorous, compassionate and willing to get a little rough, this describes both the writer and the novel. Only The Strong does for St. Louis what Edward P. Jones has done for Washington D.C., Raymond Chandler for Los Angeles---marked ...more