SEVEN MILES TO FREEDOM : THE ROBERT SMALL STORY by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Duane Smith

December 10, 2008 at 2:14 pm Leave a comment

seven_milesBorn into slavery in South Carolina, Robert Smalls yearned for freedom as he grew up a house servant and worker on the docks in Charleston. He became a skilled navigator and boatman. It was 1861 and the Civil War broke out. He found work on the Planter, a Confederate steamer, eventually becoming an expert wheelman. Married and with a child, he was more intent than ever in gaining freedom for his family, hoping that the Union would win the war. The next year, putting himself, his family, and his crew at great risk, Smalls outmaneuvered the Confederate forces in Charleston Harbor and steered the Planter, white flag hoisted, into Union waters.  Met by the Union navy as a hero, Smalls succeeded in making his way to freedom. This story of brave determination is illustrated with bold impressionistic strokes.

Picture book, Biography.   Ages 6-11, 40 pages

Recommended.  Amelia Carling- Pelham


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