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Friend on Freedom River Edition 1. (Tales of Young Americans) [Hardcover]

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Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9" Height: 11"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 28, 2005
Publisher   Sleeping Bear Press
Age  6-9
ISBN  1585362220  
EAN  9781585362226  

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Item Description...
On a cold December night, Louis must decide whether to brave the treacherous Detroit River to take a slave family to freedom.

Publishers Description
Illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

In 1850 the Detroit River was a major track along the Underground Railroad -- the last step to freedom. The journey across the river was dangerous, especially in winter and especially for a 12-year-old boy. When Louis's father left him in charge of the farm he offered his son this advice, "If you don't know what to do, just do what you think I would have done." Louis relies upon his father's words of wisdom when a runaway slave and her two children come looking for safe passage.

In the second title in our Tales of Young Americans series Gloria Whelan -- author of National Book Award winning "Homeless Bird" -- beautifully creates a suspenseful coming-of-age story while illuminating a difficult time in America's past. Ms. Whelan's narrative again shows the human spirit will forever shine brightly in dark times.

"Freedom River" - part of our Young Americans series - will quickly become a favorite for its important message and look at history from a youngster's eye. Artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen - a Sleeping Bear Press favorite - treats the material as only he can. Each illustrated page demonstrates the same mastery and devotion to his craft as the young heroes he brings to life.

Buy Friend on Freedom River Edition 1. (Tales of Young Americans) by Gloria Whelan, Gijsbert Van Frankenhuyzen, Mones Abu-Asab, Ph.D., Hakima Amri, Ph.D., Kevin Ergil, Pat McEown, Glenn Barr & Kevin Nowlan from our Christian Books store - isbn: 9781585362226 & 1585362220

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More About Gloria Whelan, Gijsbert Van Frankenhuyzen, Mones Abu-Asab, Ph.D., Hakima Amri, Ph.D., Kevin Ergil, Pat McEown, Glenn Barr & Kevin Nowlan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gloria and her husband Joseph moved from Detroit to the woods of northern Michigan several years ago.Many of Gloria's books take place during the summer -- because she does a lot of her writing during the northern Michigan blizzards!Gloria has been telling stories for as long as she can remember.Before she could read or write, she used to dictate stories to her baby-sitter, who would type them out.Being an only child, many of Gloria's stories were about having a brother or sister. Gloria would like to have written Little Women, because Jo March was one of her role models growing up! Gloria once had a set of five wtching guinea pigs, all named after Detroit Tiger baseball players!"

Gloria Whelan currently resides in Mancelona, in the state of Michigan. Gloria Whelan was born in 1961.

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A good read-aloud about the Underground Railroad  Mar 23, 2005
A young man risks his own safety and freedom to help a family finish a trip on the Underground Railroad. Told from the young man's point of view, this picture book would be a good read-aloud to provide another perspective on this important part of North American history. The illustrations are large and colorful, adding to the book's value as a read-aloud. This book would work with groups of children between grades 1 and 4.
The Underground Railroad in Michigan  Mar 8, 2005
"Are you a friend?'

About 40,000 slaves traveled along Michigan's Underground Railway, many of them running for freedom through Detroit and across the river into Canada. There are memorials to this on both sides of the Detroit River. (You can see them at, click on Public Art Projects). Friend on Freedom River is the story of one such family, looking for friends to help them across, and the French immigrant family who helps them to safety.

When Louis' father went away for the winter to work in the logging camps for the winter he told Louis, "...just do what you think I would have done." Of course, neither of them had any idea that would involve a trip at night in December all the way across the nearly frozen river to Canada and back again. And with the patrol boats out on the river, too. On the other hand, "If you don't take us, we might as well jump in and drown ourselves."

So together Louis and the runaway slaves risk their lives in the strong current, rowing and singing together,

"O Lord, O my Lord, keep me from sinking down
I tell you what I mean to do
Keep me from sinking down
...I look up yonder and what do I see?
I see the angels beckoning me"

This book has wonderful large pictures stretching across both pages, that draw us into the minds of the characters. It also tells a little bit about an important part of the history of Michigan.

See pictures of the author and her family and her home in the woods of northern Michigan at .


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