Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Listeners by Gloria Whelan illustrated by Mike Benny

In The Listeners, Gloria Whelan takes a look at slavery from a child's eyes. Bobby, Sue and Ella May have a very important job to do after they are done with the duties their master has given them. Every night, the three children sneak up to the plantation house and listen to what Master Thomas and Mistress Louise tell eachother. Somedays, the news they gather is very important. One night, the children hear that another slave master has offered to buy William (Ella May's daddy), but thankfully, their master wants to keep him. The stroy continues on until the election of President Abraham Lincoln, but the way it ends gives hope.

I really like this book. It's not one that can be used in storytime, but one that an older child can listen to with a parent and they can discuss the book together.

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