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Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass

Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was born a slave. He was taken from his mother as a baby, and separated from his grandparents when he was six. He suffered hunger and abuse, but miraculously, he learned how to read. Frederick read newspapers left in the street, and secretly collected spellings from neighborhood children. Words, he knew, would set him free.
When Frederick was twenty, he escaped to the North, where he spread his abolitionist beliefs through newspaper articles, autobiographies, and speeches. He believed that all people-regardless of color or gender-were entitled to equal rights. It is Douglass’s words, as well as his life, that still provide hope and inspiration across generations.

In this installment of the critically acclaimed Big Words series, Doreen Rappaport captures Frederick’s journey from boy to man, from slavery to freedom, by weaving Frederick’s powerful words with her own. London Ladd’s strong and evocative illustrations combine with the text to create a moving portrait of an extraordinary life.


Praise for the Big Words series:
Martin’s Big Words
* 2002 Caldecott Honor Book
* 2002 Coretta Scott King Honor Book
* Child Magazine Best Book of 2001
* New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2001

* “A stunning, reverent tribute.”
School Library Journal, starred review

Abe’s Honest Words
* “Exceptional art, along with Rappaport’s and Lincoln’s words, makes this a fine celebration of a man who needs little introduction.”
Booklist, starred review
Eleanor, Quiet No More
* “Once again Rappaport celebrates a noble, heroic life in powerful, succinct prose, with prominent, well-chosen, and judiciously placed quotes that both instruct and inspire…Celebrate women in history and in politics with this picture-book life.
School Library Journal, starred review
Helen’s Big World
* “Stirring and awe-inspiring.”
The Horn Book, starred review

To Dare Mighty Things
* “[T]his lavish picture-book biography deftly captures the legendary man’s bold, exuberant nature. . . . A truly inspiring tribute to a seemingly larger-than-life U.S. president.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* “Theodore Roosevelt’s big ideas and big personality come together in this splendid picture-book biography.”
Booklist, starred review

* “Concisely written and yet poetic, this is a first purchase for every library.”
School Library Journal, starred review
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Junior Library Guild Selection, 2015

Genre: Children's Books / Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage

On Sale: November 3rd 2015

Price: $17.99 / $18.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 48

ISBN-13: 9781423114383

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PRAISE FOR MARTIN'S BIG WORDS

* 2002 Caldecott Honor Book
* 2002 Coretta Scott King Honor Book
* Child Magazine Best Book of 2001
* New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2001
PRAISE FOR MARTIN'S BIG WORDS

"An ideal introduction to this leader and his works The portraits of King exude his spiritual strength and peaceful visage."—Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR MARTIN'S BIG WORDS

* "A stunning, reverent tribute."—School Library Journal, starred review
PRAISE FOR ABE'S HONEST WORDS

* "Exceptional art, along with Rappaport's and Lincoln's words, makes this a fine celebration of a man who needs little introduction."—Booklist, starred review
PRAISE FOR ELEANOR, QUIET NO MORE

* "Rappaport's spare text and Kelley's handsome paintings, evocative of WPA murals, reclaim the legendary first lady's story for the younger set, revealing the person behind the icon."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
PRAISE FOR ELEANOR, QUIET NO MORE

* "Even familiar political figures can get bold new treatments, as this dramatic picture-book biography shows...an exciting introduction to a well-loved leader."—Booklist, starred review
PRAISE FOR ELEANOR, QUIET NO MORE

* "Once again Rappaport celebrates a noble, heroic life in powerful, succinct prose, with prominent, well-chosen, and judiciously placed quotes that both instruct and inspire...Celebrate women in history and in politics with this picture-book life."—School Library Journal, starred review
PRAISE FOR ELEANOR, QUIET NO MORE

"This is a gracious and admiring portrait, a splendid way to introduce the "First Lady of the World" to a new generation of young children."—Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR HELEN'S BIG WORLD

* "Stirring and awe-inspiring."—The Horn Book, starred review
PRAISE FOR HELEN'S BIG WORLD

* "While there are many books available about Helen Keller for this age group, this title offers a unique and beautiful perspective on her life."—School Library Journal, starred review
PRAISE FOR HELEN'S BIG WORLD

"Helen Keller's transcendent leap across the barriers of her blindness and deafness continues to inspire."—Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR TO DARE MIGHTY THINGS

* "U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt certainly dared mighty things, and this lavish picture-book biography deftly captures the legendary man's bold, exuberant nature. . . . A truly inspiring tribute to a seemingly larger-than-life U.S. president."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
PRAISE FOR TO DARE MIGHTY THINGS

* "Theodore Roosevelt's big ideas and big personality come together in this splendid picture-book biography."—Booklist, starred review
PRAISE FOR TO DARE MIGHTY THINGS

* "Concisely written and yet poetic, this is a first purchase for every library."—School Library Journal, starred review
PRAISE FOR TO DARE MIGHTY THINGS

"With superb illustrations and a biographical account written by an award-winning author, the story of Theodore Roosevelt comes alive in this beautiful picture book."—Library Media Connection
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