- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Lee & Low Books; Ill edition (Feb. 6 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620141639
- ISBN-13: 978-1620141632
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.3 x 29.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 572 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #833,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School Hardcover – Feb 6 2018
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About the Author
Janet Halfmannis the author of more than thirty books for children, including several nonfiction and natural science titles. When she's not writing, Halfmann enjoys working in the garden, exploring nature, visiting new places, especially wildlife areas and living-history museums, and watching movies. Halfmann lives with her husband in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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History I was never told
Even as a child, she confronted the serious risks of teaching other enslaved children, sneaking off with them to share the keys to literacy, and they welcomed Lilly Ann's brave efforts. Lilly Ann continued her calling to teach despite numerous changes, including being sold from border state Kentucky to deep-south Natchez, Mississippi.
Each scene in this descriptive narrative is accompanied by deep-toned, thought-provoking images. Text and illustration combine to provide readers with remarkable insights into the driving forces that kept Lilly teaching throughout her life, long after the Civil War and slavery ended.
The cover image is quite literal, illustrating that Lilly had to sneak through the darkest nights to pursue her goal of teaching others. It is also deeply symbolic, suggesting that education, literacy, and knowledge are the flames of FREEDOM, and not just freedom from enslavement. I believe that Lilly Ann Ganderson would agree that teachers are not simply transferring factoids and details, not meant to measure success in tests or by echoing back simple facts. Teachers are LIGHT BEARERS, providing a beacon, working to open the eyes and guide the way for learners. When one of Lilly's students surprised her by using newly acquired understanding of the alphabet to write FREEDOM, it brought tears to her eyes.