Sanders extends her thoughtful and well-researched biography of one of America’s great orators with supplementary images and materials, engaging readers in the Douglass’s experiences as a slave, a speaker, and a statesman. With two columns of text on each page, embellished with photographic artifacts, corollary biographies, and expansive activities, the magazine-style layout breaks up the narrative with fascinating bits of information directly and indirectly related to the information at hand. Experiential activities include everything from crafting a hat and cravat like the ones Douglass used to disguise himself as a sailor during his successful escape, to recreating the New England boiled dinner he shared with John Brown. More informational ideas include researching a black abolitionist and hosting an oratorical contest. A timeline and list of print and web resources round out this thorough and involving examination of a great man, equally suited to individual immersion and classroom collaboration.
-— Thom Barthelmess, Booklist

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Excellent addition to any Civil War unit. -Heather L. Sanders on the site The Pioneer Woman. Click HERE to read the full review.

Beautiful, comprehensive book for kids about this amazing historical figure. The photos alone are worth the time spent reading the book, along with the time line (from birth to death) in the beginning of the book. -Margo Dill. CLICK HERE to read the full review.

An invaluable resource and spectacular book that should be read by every American child (and parent too). -Good Reads with Ronna. CLICK HERE to read the full review.

Frederick Douglass for Kids proves that nonfiction doesn’t need to be dull and boring. It can be just as captivating as any great novel – maybe even more so because the information it contains is TRUE!
– Suzanne Lieurance. CLICK HERE to read the full review.

The text is true to history and filled with suspense, adventure, and acts of courage as Douglass fought to to be free in the many meanings of that word…I sat down to look over this book and couldn’t put it down. The author, Nancy I. Sanders, swoops the reader back in time and into the heart and head of Frederick Douglass, a true hero.
-Nancy Bo Flood on ReaderKidZ. CLICK HERE to read the full review.


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