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Walking Home To Rosie Lee

Children's Literature

"The Civil War has ended, the slaves have been freed, and now family members who were separated and sold are now trying to find one another. Young Gabe takes to the road with nothing but hope and the memories of his mama. For months he walks and he is helped and befriended by former slaves and freedmen. The rhythm of the text, the use of a repetitive phrase, and terms such as "Miss Dawn" and 'Mr. Dark,' all draw from the storytelling tradition. The result is a read aloud that feels as if Gabe were sittin' on a porch telling how he found his mama. The story is strengthened by Shepherd's illustrations. Strong brushstrokes in the artwork reflect Gabe's determination. The colors and tones used on each double-page spread reflect Gabe's up-and-down feelings. The gold tones surrounding Gabe and his mother on the last page complement the warmth of the text. While this is specific to a time period, it is also universal for anyone who has been separated from loved ones due to war. Many classroom units will be well-served by this book. Parents and children will cry and cheer together."
- Sharon Saluzzo, July 1, 2012 

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