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A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clottee, a Slave Girl [Hardcover]

Patricia C. McKissack


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Scholastic Trade (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0614253861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0614253863
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story about the power of literacy in a slave girl's life. Aug. 4 2000
By Rebecca Herman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Clotee has lived all twelve years of her life as a slave on the Belmont Plantation in Virginia. Now it's 1859, just before the start of the Civil War. Although she has known no life other than that of a slave, she has secretly learned how to read and write, and that ability gives her a glimpse of the world out there. To practice, she keeps a secret diary that she hides in a hollowed-out tree. An orphan most of her life, Clotee has managed to make the best of her circumstances, and writing is one of the few things that brings her any joy. When a tutor comes to the plantation to teach the master's young son, Clotee figures that he'll just be another predjudiced southerner. But he's an abolitionist that further expands Clotee's horizons, and he may be able to give her the one thing she longs for: freedom. I highly reccomend this beautifully written account of one year in the life of a fictional slave girl who lived in circumstances typical of the time. The fact that it is told through Clotee's diary allows the reader to really get inside her head and know her innermost thoughts, hopes, and dreams.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story on a brave girl Sept. 28 2000
By Melanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A Picture of Freedom is a wonderful story on slavery - the best I've read!
In 1859, 12 year old Clotee lives on the Belmont Plantation in Virginia, where she works in the "big house". She's used to hard work and obeying her master - except for one thing. Clotee teaches herself to read.
Through this diary that Clotee keeps, you follow her life, with her working and making friends, her thoughts about escaped slaves, her worries that her diary will be found, and her learning about abolitionists, who her master hates! When a teacher comes to the plantation to tutor the boy there, she finds out his secret. Can he help her?
This was a great, exciting book on a brave slave girl, and I'd recommend it for ages 10 - 14! I'd also recommend some other books on slavery, Letters from a Slave Girl, and I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It deffinately Told of how slavery was in the South. July 3 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I thought the book was excellent> it protrayed a young girl growing up on a plantation in the South in the years before the civil war. It was very accurate and was true to the period. I'm 14 and most of these books are for younger children but I was just Drawn into these books and I have begun to collect them. I would deffinately recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction or just a good read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! June 27 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I thought that A PICTURE OF FREEDOM was the best book in the Dear America series. The way that Clotee tried her best to learn to read and write was really neat. Clotee had a really hard life as a slave and the diary was very enjoyable to read because it wasn't too predictable. If you haven't read this book already, I highly recommend it along with the other books in the series.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Picture of Freedom: A Exellent Diary of a Slave Girl Dec 5 2001
By Veronica Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is about Clotee, who is a 12 years old slave girl in Belmont Plantation, Virginia. She taught herself how to read and write. Her mom was sold to other plantation and died when she was young. Clotee grew by Aunt Tee and Uncle Heb. Her friends were Hince, spicy and Wook. Wook was killed when she tried to runaway. Clotee met Mr. Harms who was an abolitionist on the Underground Railroad. She wanted to be an abolitionist too.
In the book, Clotee shares her feelings, experiences and thoughts about slavery. She describes her life on the plantation and talks about the Underground Railroad. I liked this book because it gave me a window onto the live of slaves in 1859. The details were very vivid. I also liked this book because it taught the lesson that if a person has a goal ad dream, he/she should go for it and they will reach it. Another reason that I liked this book is it showed me how terrible slavery was an how wrong it was. I recommend this book to any teenager who is studying the U.S. Civil War or slavery.

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