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Light in the Darkness: A Story about How Slaves Learned in Secret


Publisher: IB Source ISBN-13: 9781423134954

Author: Lesa Cline-Ransome

Curriculum: Primary Years Programme

Dimension: 9 x 0.5 x 11.5 inches

Format: Hardcover

Isbn 10: 1423134958

Language: English

Pages: 40 pages

Release date: 01/29/2013

Year: 2013


Rosa and her mama go to school together-in the dark of night, silently, afraid that any noise they hear is a patroller on the lookout for escaped slaves. Their school is literally a hole in the ground, where they and other slaves of all ages gather to form letters out of sticks, scratch letters in the dirt, and pronounce their sounds in whispers. Young Rosa is eager to learn the letters and then the words, because after the words comes reading. But she must have patience, her mama reminds her, and keep her letters to herself when she's working on the plantation. If the Master catches them, it'll mean a whipping-one lash for each letter. No matter how slow and dangerous the process might be, Rosa is determined to learn, and pass on her learning to others.