Parents' Guide to

Show Way

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Beautiful story of family's journey from slavery to freedom.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

Excellent Read

I just read Show Way as multicultural children's book and was very pleased. I enjoyed the wonderful illustrations that brought each text to life on every page. I especially enjoyed the fact that it allowed for long conversation about brave women who never stopped believing in one day living a free life.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 7+

This title has:

Educational value

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (1):

This beautiful story traces nine generations of African American women and has spectacular art. Some of the pictures are gorgeous watercolor paintings, some are historical collages, and some are visual metaphors, such as one showing a map of the U.S. with the states crudely sewn together and a large, frayed rip along the Mason-Dixon line. The rich, complex, two-page, borderless pictures reward repeated viewings and close inspection.

The text is wonderfully written, with recurring motifs about mother love and roads of stars, quilts, and stories. But there are many references that some younger children may not understand, such when characters are said to have "jumped broom" (a wedding ceremony tradition). The author refers to "the north side of the war," but doesn't say which war. So Show Way is probably best shared with an adult.

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