Freedom's Fruit by William H. Hooks

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Illustrated in full color. An acclaimed author and an award-winning illustrator unite to create an enchanting conjure tale ideal for both folktale and African-American history collections.  Mama Marina is willing to risk everything and use her conjuring powers to the utmost to free her daughter Sheba from the yoke of slavery.  

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Born in North Carolina, James Ransome is a graduate of the Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration. While still a student at Pratt, James was one of twelve finalists out of two thousand selected to illustrate the annual Citibank calendar. After graduation, James continued to study painting at the Art Students League where his entry into the Society of Illustrators Annual Student Scholarship Competition received the Jellybean award. Currently a member of the Society of Illustrators, James has illustrated numerous books for children, including Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt and Freedom's Fruit. His illustrations also appear on book jackets, greeting cards, puzzles and shopping bags, as well as in magazines and calendars. One of James's paintings is in the Charlotte (North Carolina) Public Library's permanent children's book art collection.James currently lives in Poughkeepsie, New York, with his wife, Lesa, their two daughters, and their Dalmatian, Clinton.
Published December 12, 1995 by Knopf Books for Young Readers.
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mama Marina feeds Sheba and Sheba's beau Joe Nathan a conjured bunch, knowing that the two will sicken, then purchases them cheap and hustles them off to a Quaker meeting house before Alston can see that they are healing and change his mind.

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When her daughter, Sheba, questions why she would deprive the slaves of the pleasure of ""ripe grape time,"" Mama Marina responds, ""I done it for a few more miles on your road to freedom."" Hooks's account of how Mama Marina manipulates her gift to free Sheba and Sheba's true love, Joe Nathan, i...

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