Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life
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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

Written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan
Published by Atheneum Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
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Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away. Imagine being looked up and down and being valued as less than chair. Less than an ox. Less than a dress. Maybe about the same as…a lantern. You, an object. An object to sell. In his gentle yet deeply powerful way, Ashley Bryan goes to the heart of how a slave is given a monetary value by the slave owner, tempering this with the one thing that CAN’T be bought or sold—dreams. Inspired by the actual will of a plantation owner that lists the worth of each and every one of his “workers”, Bryan has created collages around that document, and others like it. Through fierce paintings and expansive poetry he imagines and interprets each person’s life on the plantation, as well as the life their owner knew nothing about—their dreams and pride in knowing that they were worth far more than an Overseer or Madam ever would guess. Visually epic, and never before done, this stunning picture book is unlike anything you’ve seen.

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      Ashley Bryan

      Ashley Bryan grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night, and he has shared the joy of song with children ever since. A beloved illustrator, he was recently named a Newbery Honoree for his picture book, Freedom Over Me. He has also been the recipient of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award; the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award; has been a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer; a Coretta Scott King Award winner; and the recipient of countless other awards and recognitions. His books include Freedom Over Me; Sail Away; Beautiful Blackbird; Beat the Story-Drum, Pum Pum; Let It Shine; Ashley Bryan’s Book of Puppets; and What a Wonderful World. He lives in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine.

      Book Dedication
      To the memory of my mother and father, and to the inspiration of the voices and arts of our African ancestors.

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    Book Details

    Publication Date
    September 13, 2016
    Text Details
    The text for this book was set in Times New Roman
    Illustration Details
    The illustrations for this book were rendered in pen, ink, and watercolor, plus collaged photoreproductions of historical deeds.
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    Reading Age
    6 - 10 years
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    ASIN/ISBN 10
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