Parents' Guide to

Almost to Freedom

By Marigny Dupuy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Moving story on plantation in antebellum Virginia.

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This moving tale is powerfully presented. Because of the time and the setting, there are many unhappy moments in the story; however, the warmth of the family and community connections, as well as the little girl's loving relationship with her doll, make the bad parts more bearable. Written in authentic dialect, the story is well told. The author draws the reader closely into the personal experience of enslavement, balancing unspeakable suffering with extreme courage and determination.

Using the voice, perspective, and naiveté of the doll offers a natural way to make a complicated historical situation more accessible for children. Illustrator Colin Bootman uses a dark palette with the soft illuminations of starlight and candlelight. In his historically accurate full-page and double-page spreads, the characters are alive with a huge range of emotions.

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