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Let My People Go : Bible Stories Told by a Freeman of Color
by Patricia C. McKissack and Jr. Fredrick McKissack and James Ransome

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"Come, join me as I take you back to Charleston, South Carolina, to my father's forge in the early 1800s. Sit with me on the woodpile as he tells a tale faith, hope, or love."

In this extraordinary collection, Charlotte Jefferies and her father Price, a former slave, introduce us to twelve best loved Bible tales, from Genesis to Daniel, and reveal their significance in the lives of African Americans -- and indeed of all oppressed peoples.  Read more...


 
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More About Let My People Go by Patricia C. McKissack; Jr. Fredrick McKissack; James Ransome
 
 
 
Overview
"Come, join me as I take you back to Charleston, South Carolina, to my father's forge in the early 1800s. Sit with me on the woodpile as he tells a tale faith, hope, or love."

In this extraordinary collection, Charlotte Jefferies and her father Price, a former slave, introduce us to twelve best loved Bible tales, from Genesis to Daniel, and reveal their significance in the lives of African Americans -- and indeed of all oppressed peoples.

When Charlotte wants to understand the cruel injustices of her time, she turns to her father. Does the powerful slaveholder, Mr. Sam Riley, who seems to own all that surrounds them, also own the sun and moon? she wonders. Price's answer is to tell the story of Creation. How can God allow an evil like slavery to exist? she asks. Price responds by telling the story of the Hebrews' Exodus -- and shows Charlotte that someday their people, too, will be free.

With exquisite clarity, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack and James Ransome -- a Newbery Honor winner and all Coretta Scott King Award winners -- brilliantly illuminate the parallels between the stories of the Jews and African-American history. Let My People Go is a triumphant celebration of both the human spirit and the enduring power of story as a source of strength.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780689808562
  • ISBN-10: 0689808569
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: October 1998
  • Page Count: 134
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-UP


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States - African-American
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Religious - Christian - General

 
BookPage Reviews

The newest title from the fertile pens of award-winning children's authors Patricia and Fredrick McKissack is a landmark collection of Bible stories. Yet, as the title Let My People Go suggests, it is much more. The husband/wife McKissack team, using a setting in the early 1800s in Charleston, South Carolina, has created a scenario in which a young black girl named Charlotte questions her father Price Jeffries, a former slave and blacksmith, about various racial injustices they encounter. (Jeffries is loosely based on a real free black who bought his freedom after winning a seamen's lottery.)

Price answers each of the 12 situations by telling a familiar Old Testament parallel story. When Charlotte asks how her father knows slavery will end, he replies with the story of Moses leading the Hebrews out of Egypt. When she has helped a young man escape and he thanks her with the expression "slaying the giant," Price tells the story of David and Goliath. Thus readers are taken back to vivid scenes in two historical periods and made to realize the instrumental role played by biblical stories in the lives of slaves. The strong father/daughter relationship between Price and Charlotte forms an enticing network as it develops between the biblical stories.

But the McKissacks have some larger purpose in this book than simply saying that the Bible was a source of comfort and inspiration to enslaved people in the U.S. In stories from both eras, they subtly give young readers strong lessons in the major choices that life presents, choices about good and evil, about forgiving wrongs, about constancy, about faith. As they say in their opening note: "Our hope is that this book will be like a lighthouse that can guide young readers through good times and bad."

James Ransome's illustrations vary in quality and the degree to which they add to the stories. Most are done in oils and some of these seem too dark or simplistic, but his watercolor vignettes which open the chapters are delightful. Perhaps a more careful design would also help readers make the numerous transitions between time periods.

The stories in Let My People Go are "not for one people, at one time, in one place. They are for all of us, for all times."

 
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