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Freedom Bird: A Tale of Hope and Courage

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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  11 reviews
“Powerful storytelling and immersive art.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Vibrant writing and magical realism lift this story to one of triumph.” —Publishers Weekly

In this inspiring story in the tradition of American black folktales, an enslaved brother and sister are inspired by a majestic and mysterious bird to escape to freedom in this dramatic and unforgettable
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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Books on Stereo
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Overly poetic proses obscure an otherwise inspirational tale.
Lynn
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous storytelling by Jerdine Nolen is matched by beautiful illustrations by James E. Ransome. Nolen's lyrical text directly addresses the reader, telling the story of two children who are enslaved and alone after their parents are sold away. They rescue an large injured bird, nursing it back to health until the bird is discovered by the overseer. As a storm whirls both the bird and the children escape, their story becoming a legend.

Ransome's full page illustrations are created with richly
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Abby Johnson
Oh, could Jerdine Nolen just sit and tell me stories all day long? I just love her writing. With rich tall-tale-like conversational tones, Nolen spins the tale of two enslaved siblings who dream of escaping as they nurse a strange injured bird back to health. Based in African American folklore, this book is a prequel to Nolen's Thunder Rose (which I also love).
Jenn Adams
Lovely folktale-based picture book set during the time of the Underground Railroad. For many groups of kids, you would need to give some context before reading this at a story time, but it would be good to use as an example of a folktale. Would also note that some kids might find the big, mysterious bird creepy
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Robin
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A thoughtful story, well rendered. Would love to re-read it with the other books about this family. Ransome's illustrations are, as always, dramatically composed and beautifully executed. Highly recommended for ages 6-9.
Dilara Inam
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
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Guzel bir Afrika masali adaptasyonu. Ates basi masal anlatimina da yer verdigi icin kalbimi caldi. Yardimci devasa kus motifimiz guzel yansitilmis ancak ben bunun kac yas grubuna uygun oldugunu cozemedim. Pek surukleyici degil.
Elaine Fultz
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having just read The People Could Fly (Hamilton) with 3rd graders, this story is a powerful companion. The mysterious bird in this original tale inspired by numerous stories is both fearsome and beautiful.
Amanda
For Nolen to write this as a bridge between her other books and as a folk tale blows my mind. Loved it. Wish I could tell it as a traditional story (but I can't).
Rachel
Love the oral storytelling cadence of the text, the illustrations are rich portraits
Edward Sullivan
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A vibrant, inspiring story in the tradition of American black folktales about an enslaved brother and sister who are inspired by a majestic and mysterious bird to escape to freedom.
Tracie
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Two young slaves rescue an unusual bird that ends up inspiring and helping them escape to freedom.
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