Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule by Harriette Gillem Robinet & Wendell Minor

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Winner of the 1999 Scott O'Dell Award
A Notable Children's Book in the Field of Social Studies
Maybe nobody gave freedom, and nobody could take it away like they could take away a family farm. Maybe freedom was something you claimed for yourself.
Like other ex-slaves, Pascal and his older brother Gideon have been promised forty acres and maybe a mule. With the family of friends they have built along the way, they claim a place of their own. Green Gloryland is the most wonderful place on earth, their own family farm with a healthy cotton crop and plenty to eat. But the notorious night riders have plans to take it away, threatening to tear the beautiful freedom that the two boys are enjoying for the first time in their young lives. Coming alive in plain, vibrant language is this story of the Reconstruction, after the Civil War.
 

About Harriette Gillem Robinet & Wendell Minor

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Wendell Minor is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of picture books, including his own Yankee Doodle America, Robert Burleigh's Into the Woods, and Reaching for the Moon, written by Buzz Aldrin. Mr. Minor's work can be found in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Library of Congress. He lives with his wife, Florence, in Washington, Connecticut. Visit Wendell Minor at www.minorart.com.
 
Published February 22, 2011 by Aladdin. 144 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The text is often heavy- handed, e.g., “Colored and white, we’re all just neighbors” and “Why couldn’t white people just let them live?” Pascal, who has a withered arm and leg, is an inveterate punster, which adds levity to an otherwise grim story.

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In this novel set in April through September of 1865, Robinet's (The Twins, the Pirates, and the Battle of New Orleans) resilient characters lend immediacy to the early events of Reconstruction. Orpha

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A 12-year-old orphaned slave leaves South Carolina in search of a Freedmen's Bureau during Reconstruction to claim the ""40 acres and a mule"" promised by General Sherman.

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Orphaned 12-year-old Pascal is a slave at the Big House on a South Carolina plantation when his runaway brother Gideon, a Union soldier, returns, proclaiming that Lincoln has freed the slaves and General Sherman has promised 40 acres and maybe a mule for both blacks and whites.

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