Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Shackles From the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy by [Cottman, Michael]


A pile of lime-encrusted shackles discovered on the seafloor in the remains of a ship called the Henrietta Marie, lands Michael Cottman, a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and avid scuba diver, in the middle of an amazing journey that stretches across three continents, from foundries and tombs in England, to slave ports on the shores of West Africa, to present-day Caribbean plantations. This is more than just the story of one ship – it's the untold story of millions of people taken as captives to the New World. Told from the author's perspective, this book introduces young readers to the wonders of diving, detective work, and discovery, while shedding light on the history of slavery.


MY REVIEW:
What an important book for young readers, not only to encourage kids to take on grand adventures and exploration, but to also question the past and learn from it in order to make a better future.  My son has begun reading this book and it has opened many important discussions between us regarding slavery, sea exploration, diving and ways that we can make the world a better place.  I think this story is relevant and important today and always.  Brilliantly written for young readers, this book is sure to keep their attention and open them up to learning so many important things.

The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power by [Bausum, Ann]

James Meredith's 1966 march in Mississippi began as one man's peaceful protest for voter registration and became one of the South's most important demonstrations of the civil rights movement. It brought together leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael, who formed an unlikely alliance that resulted in the Black Power movement, which ushered in a new era in the fight for equality.
 
The retelling of Meredith's story opens on the day of his assassination attempt and goes back in time to recount the moments leading up to that event and its aftermath. Readers learn about the powerful figures and emerging leaders who joined the over 200-mile walk that became known as the "March Against Fear." 
 
Thoughtfully presented by award-winning author Ann Bausum, this book helps readers understand the complex issues of fear, injustice, and the challenges of change. It is a history lesson that's as important and relevant today as it was 50 years ago.


MY REVIEW:
This book is fantastic.  I think that the topics of fear, injustice and difficult to explain history is hard to teach to younger children, but this book captures all it complexities and details beautifully.  This book is packed with factual information that engages the reader and that amazing text is accompanied by pictures and quotes that deepen the reading experience.  It is brilliant and important reading for children and their parents.  A must read for today's time, which allows us to learn from past mistakes, to highlight those that changed history and to find ways to make the world a better place.  A beautifully and thoughtful book.


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