Reviews for Almost to freedom [electronic resource]

Kirkus
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A doll's-eye view of slavery and escape fails to succeed. Miz Rachel fashioned Sally out of cloth for her little girl, Lindy. Doll and girl spend all their time together in the field working, at the meetings where freedom is discussed, and even when Lindy's papa is sold "down the river." Every last familiar plot twist is here: the difficult field work, the cruel overseers, the beating Lindy endures when she is caught writing words in the sand, the harrowing escape, the reunion with Lindy's papa, who has somehow managed to meet his family on a darkened river road, and the kindly white couple who hides the threesome in a cellar. Dark, expressive paintings accompany the narrative, though the brilliantly white headscarves seem oddly misplaced during the nighttime escape. The dialect fluctuates haphazardly from sentence to sentence losing the voice altogether. The unusual choice of a doll as narrator may appeal to some readers. Reread Deborah Hopkinson's Under the Quilt of Night (2001) instead. (author's note, limited glossary) (Picture book. 6-10) Copyright ŠKirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Horn Book
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This story of a young slave girl's escape via the Underground Railroad is told from the unique perspective of her rag doll in the authentic vernacular of the period. Lindy's doll, Sally, goes everywhere with Lindy. When Lindy and her mother run away, Sally is with them: ""Feels like I'm flyin'."" The dramatic paintings effectively capture the tense moments of the journey. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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