Sep 22, 2019
Almost to Freedom
Posted by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Colin Bootman

Lindy and her doll Sally are best friends wherever Lindy goes, Sally stays right by her side They eat together, sleep together, and even pick cotton together So, on the night Lindy and her mama run away in search of freedom, Sally goes too This young girl s rag doll vividly narrates her enslaved family s courageous escape through the Underground Railroad At once hearLindy and her doll Sally are best friends wherever Lindy goes, Sally stays right by her side They eat together, sleep together, and even pick cotton together So, on the night Lindy and her mama run away in search of freedom, Sally goes too This young girl s rag doll vividly narrates her enslaved family s courageous escape through the Underground Railroad At once heart wrenching and uplifting, this story about friendship and the strength of the human spirit will touch the lives of all readers long after the journey has ended.

  • Title: Almost to Freedom
  • Author: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Colin Bootman
  • ISBN: 9781575053424
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Almost to Freedom Lindy and her doll Sally are best friends wherever Lindy goes Sally stays right by her side They eat together sleep together and even pick cotton together So on the night Lindy and her mama run aw

    Nancy

    Published: 2003, Carolrhoda Books, Inc.Age: 6-9This book is narrated by a ragdoll named Sally owned by a runaway little slave girl. It is through her eyes that we see the hardships of slavery and a family’s frightening adventure to freedom.Throughout the book the author uses the dialect of southern black slaves, such as, “Your name be Sally. We gonna be best friends.” Colin Bootman’s oil painted illustrations add so much to the text by showing the emotion of the characters. Deep colors l [...]


    Amy

    Sally, a beloved rag doll, tells the story of how Lindy's family escapes to freedom from slavery in this award winning book. Lindy loves and cares for Sally like a friend and ties her tight around her as she works next to her mother. In the middle of the night, she is woken by her mother to make a run towards her father and freedom. They spend a night in a station on the Underground Railroad but must quickly flee, leaving Sally behind. The reader is left feeling sadness for the doll and hope for [...]


    Dolly

    This is a powerful and moving story about the life of a slave and a flight toward freedom, told from the perspective of a handmade ragdoll. I love that the author was inspired to write the story by a doll that she saw in a museum. The way in which the story is told is sensitive enough for younger children, although the content is somewhat mature. The narrative is interesting and helps to tell the story of the Underground Railroad. The oil painted illustrations are colorful and the characters are [...]


    Kristine Hansen

    Told from the point of view of a doll, we see slavery and the difficulty of attaining freedom. It made my heart clench a little bit to read this book, thinking of a child so young so as to cling to a doll being whipped. Reader might want to use discretion reading this to a sensitive child.


    Patrick Spencer

    1. This story comes from the point of view of Sally, the doll of a slave girl in Virginia. Sally shares how terrible slave life is when her owner, Lindy's father is sold to another plantation and when Lindy herself gets whipped just for asking how to spell her name. Lindy and her family reunite and begin to escape using the Underground Railroad, however Sally gets left behind. This event leads to an encounter where Sally will figure out what her roll in life truly is as a doll.2. The theme for t [...]


    Megan Denney

    Almost to Freedom is a story told from the point of view of a little doll named Sally that was handmade by Miz Rachel whose family were slaves working in a cotton field. Sally was given to Miz Rachel’s daughter, Lindy who held on so tightly to Sally in every situation. As Lindy’s father had previously been sold, Lindy and her mother were on a mission to get to freedom along with her father. The two escaped the massa one night along with Sally and found shelter with Lindy’s father in the Un [...]


    Jenna Harris

    Summary: This is a story about the path to freedom along the Underground Railroad. The story is told from the perspective of a young girl's rag doll and provides comfort to her during difficult times. Characteristics: This book has beautiful images to support the text. The reader goes on a journey back to what times were like during the difficult time that the young girl experienced. The images allow the reader to connect with the characters during their hard times. Mentor Writing Trait:Voice: T [...]


    Armenia Quintero

    Almost to Freedom is narrated in third person by a slave girl named Lindy's rag doll, and Lindy named the rag doll Sally. Sally tells the story from her point of view and narrates how Lindy and many others go through all the troubles of slavery. They are all on the journey and pursuit to freedom. Sally describes in detail very well the emotions and thoughts that these african american slaves are encountering through out their journey. I think that this book is a great beginner's book maybe for k [...]


    Victoria Lambert

    Almost to Freedom was an amazing example of a historical fiction picture book. This book is told from the perspective of a ragdoll owned by a slave child. She sees her owner picking cotton, crying over her father being sold, getting whipped, until one night the doll owner's mother wakes her and they embark on a journey to freedom by the underground railroad. At their first stop, the little girl drops the doll in the hiding place while running from slave catchers and has to leave her behind. The [...]


    Jessica

    1. This book has received the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustrator Honor.2. This book is appropriate for K-2nd grade.3. "Almost to Freedom" is a story about a runaway slave girl and her escape towards freedom. The story is told by the little girl's rag doll, Sally. Through the eyes of the rag doll, the reader sees the hardships of slavery and the little girl's terrifying journey to freedom.4. This book is absolutely amazing. The content is very important for children to learn about and the w [...]


    Gabriella Norat

    Awards: Coretta Scott King AwardRecommended ages: k-3Summary: This book has beautiful illustrations and an inspiring story about the Underground Railroad. The text is a moderate amount and the font size is large and suitable for the recommended age range. The book also includes an author's note as well as historical words and phrases glossary for children to read.Review: This book contains a very inspiring story that children will be very interested to read about. The illustrations are very colo [...]


    Adams Eagles

    Eliud H.10Review: This book is about the family being in enslaved then they run away and they find help and a person was willing to help them the person let them stay in there attic. I like that the family runs away from being enslaved and a person was willing to help them.I dislike this book because the man hit Lindy with the whip. I recommend this book for people that like history because this book is has a lot of history and it’s when people were being enslaved this was back then but now pe [...]


    Pam

    A well loved rag doll tells the story of a slave family who escape to freedom though she ends up left behind in an underground railroad station. Another young girl finds her and her story begins again.


    Lynn

    A young girl tries to escape slavery upholding her precious doll. Beautiful illustrations, lyrical prose. Love this book.


    Judy Ekblad

    Interesting to learn about the black rag dolls from the 1800s and 1900s that the author saw in a Folk Art Museum and was inspired to write this story


    Tabatha Mulkey

    Summary: This book was about a little rag doll named Sally who tells the story of a girl named Lindy and her family who are escaping from slavery and starting the journey to a place called Freedom along the Underground Railroad. Evaluation: I think this was a really good book. I liked how the doll was telling the story of Lindy and her family. I also think that it is interesting how the grammar was different in the book. It portrayed the way the slaves would speak.Teaching Idea: I would use this [...]


    Stephanie Siren

    Genre: Realistic FictionFormat: Picture BookAwards: Coretta Scott King Award for Illustrator Honor (2004)Summary:This story is about the Underground Railroad told from the eyes of Lindy's doll Sally. Freedom was a word that Lindy and her family dreamed of but Sally didn't know much about it. One night, Lindy's family decides that it is time to go. They cross over the river and stop at a house with a lantern on it. When the slave catchers come, Lindy's family must run and hide, but unfortunately [...]


    Megan Corbett

    Almost to Freedom is a beautifully illustrated children's story about a family going to a stop on the Underground Railroad. Told from the perspective of the daughter's doll, Sally, the story creates an authentic experience for its readers through the use of language, clothing, and storyline. With the somewhat fantastical element of the doll as narrative, kids will be drawn into the terrifying and harrowing journey of a family in their flight to freedom. Gorgeous illustrations in deep blue, purpl [...]


    Diana Luna

    This Coretta Scott King illustration winner is a very heart touching and historical book. This book is told in third person, but it is even more interesting because it is told third person by a doll. The book takes place in the historical period of slavery. The author takes the reader on a journal of a little rag doll who belongs to a runaway little slave girl and her family. The family is running to freedom and are forced to stop at a little house to seek hide out. The family of the house place [...]


    Haley Hardwick

    Personal Reaction: I really loved this book a lot. It is a really interesting story rich in history and suspense with a child like aspect to it. My favorite part of the book was the narrator. The book is told through the point of view of a small rag doll named Sally. It chronicles the events that took place in the South during the 1800s through the rag dolls perspective and her owner/best friend Lindy. Purpose: Read aloud for children grades 2-4-the point of view is interesting, and something th [...]


    Ivy Leach

    Type: picture bookGenre: multicultural, historical, and fantasy fictionAwards: Coretta Scott King Illustrator HonorSummary: Almost to Freedom tells about the Underground Railroad through the perspective of a little girl’s doll. Sally accidentally gets left behind in a couple’s house that hid runaway slaves. She is sad and lonely until a new family comes to hide and Sally is someone’s “dollbaby” again.Critique: The illustrations in this book are beautiful. The reader can imagine what th [...]


    Lydia Erakare

    1. This book has received the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustrator Honor (2004). 2. This book is appropriate for K-2nd grade.3. "Almost to Freedom" is a story about a runaway slave girl and her escape. The story is narrated by the girl's rag doll, Sally. Through the eyes of the rag doll the reader sees the hardships of slavery and a family's scary journey to freedom. 4. This book is absolutely beautiful. Not only is the content important but the way it is written invokes strong emotion and s [...]


    L12_danielle

    Almost to Freedom is a wonderfully written story of a young girl's escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad told from the perspective of her rag doll, Sally. Lindy’s mother makes Sally from rags and gives it to her as a gift. Lindy and Sally become best friends. Saly tells us the story of slavery, the cruelty and the love. Lindy’s mother manages to escape with Lindy and Sally, and they meet up with Lindy’s father, who had been sold “down the river.” Lindy shares with her doll S [...]


    Abby

    Almost to Freedom is an incredible story about a young girl named Lindy and her family who are slaves at a plantation in Virginia. Lindy and her mother make a doll named Sally, who actually narrates the story. Lindy's family is trying to escape from their plantation and find freedom. Lindy's family makes it to a safe place to hide for the night but suddenly Lindy is awaken to find that her family must quickly move to the next house. Unfortunately Lindy has to move so quickly, she couldn't grab S [...]


    L11_Laura

    With February being Black History month, this book is a definite must-read for 2nd-5th grade students.This book takes readers through a night with a black family on the run for freedom. The family consists of a father, mother, daughter and the daughter's rag doll. At first, the reader is led to believe the story is from the daughter's point of view. But when the family leaves their hiding spot, the little girl leaves her rag doll behind by accident. It's then the reader realizes the rag doll is [...]


    Abbie Shawano

    Personal Reaction:-I thought that this story was extremely touching and that it would be a good book to read to developing children. This story would enlighten children to the harsh realities, while doing so through a story. Although it can be hard to introduce more difficult concepts to children, "Almost to Freedom" shares a good story about the problems african americans endured. Purpose:-This book could be read aloud to students in second and third grade.-This book would be a good way to intr [...]


    paperdollmom

    This was a nice book, written from the point of view of a little homemade doll that belongs to a little girl. The tale is about a little girl and her family escaping from slavery to freedom in the north. It really sets the tone for the seriousness, sadness, and hardships of this family. My only complaint is that I couldn't help but to feel sad for the little girl when she dropped her doll and it was left behind. I think as a reader, I was left wondering how the girl felt losing her only possessi [...]


    Laura Lucero

    Almost to Freedom, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Illustrated by Colin Bootman is a wonderful story told through the eyes of a doll about a little girls journey to escape slavery and find freedom. As the story begins Lindy's mama hand sews a perfect little doll with lots of love and when she is finished Lindy names her Sally. Sally goes everywhere with Lindy even on her families great adventure to escape slavery and find freedom. But when the family must quickly escape slave catchers Sall [...]


    Chester Richmond

    The author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson teams up with Illustrator Colin Bootman in this picture book. The art in this book shows a young girl and her doll traveling through life during the slave times. She sees her friend Lindy’s father taken away by white men. The doll’s eyes see hard labor in the plantation fields; its ears hear the camp stories at nighttime on the plantation. The idea of the doll in the story was inspired when the author visited a museum and saw 1800’s dolls. The doll gives t [...]


    Lindsey LaMonica

    "Almost to Freedom" by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrations by Colin Bootman unfolds through the eyes of "Sally." Sally is a hand made baby doll for a young slave girl. The doll is always by the girls side, from picking cotton in the fields to running away to the North where they could get freedom. The text is written as the slaves would've spoken so it is a little harder to read. Bootman's illustrations are darker to show the hiding the slaves had to do and the night running. After sally is dr [...]



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