Now Let Me Fly by Dolores Johnson
The Story of a Slave Family (Aladdin Picture Books)

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The story of Minna, snatched as a child from her African village, sold to a plantation owner in America, and stripped of her name and family, offers a personal glimpse of the terrors of slavery.
 

About Dolores Johnson

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Dolores Johnson received a bachelor's degree in art from Boston University. She eventually moved to the Los Angeles area and applied her talents to advertising and television. At a friend's suggestion, she enrolled in picture book writing and illustrating courses. She was eventually asked to illustrate Jenny by Beth P. Wilson, which was published in 1990. Since then, she has written and illustrated several of her own stories including What Will Mommy Do When I'm at School?, Now Let Me Fly, and The Children's Book of Kwanzaa.
 
Published October 29, 1993 by Macmillan. 30 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Minna narrates her kidnapping by slave traders as a child in Africa and the rough passage to America.

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In an author's note, Johnson ( Your Dad Was Just Like You ) writes that this ``is not a pleasant story, nor does it have a happy ending.

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In a starred review, PW called this story of an African girl who is sold into slavery ""powerful [and] heartbreaking,"" adding that Johnson's illustrations ""underscore the anguish and sadness of her story."" Ages 5-10.

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