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The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

Written by Rita Lorraine Hubbard & illustrated by Oge Mora
Published by Schwartz & Wade
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Jan 7, 2020
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Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! Discover the true story of Mary Walker, the nation’s oldest student who did just that, in this picture book from a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator and a rising star author.

In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. At 114, she was the last remaining member of her family. And at 116, she learned to read. From Rita Lorraine Hubbard and rising star Oge More comes the inspirational story of Mary Walker, a woman whose long life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, and who–with perseverance and dedication–proved that you’re never too old to learn.

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  • “I’m going to learn to read those words,” she vowed. But not today. Today there was work to be done.
  • “Mary had outlived her entire family. She was 114 years old and alone. ‘Can’t read,’ she said. ‘Can’t write. I don’t know anything.’”
  • “She studied and studied, until books and pages and letters and words swirled in her head while she slept.”

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Who Wrote The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

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Rita Lorraine Hubbard

Rita Lorraine Hubbard is the author of a number of nonfiction books for adults and runs the children’s book review site Picture Book Depot. She is the author of <i>Hammering for Freedom: The Story of William Lewis</i>, which was awarded the New Voices Award by Lee & Low Books and has received three starred reviews. Ms. Hubbard lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. You can find her online at ritahubbard.com.

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Who Illustrated The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

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Oge Mora
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What Do Critics Say About This Book

  • Starred Review

    “Mary Walker, who learned to read at the age of 116, is introduced to young readers in this lovingly illustrated picture book. … Enjoy this book with every child you know; let Mary Walker become a household name.”

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Book Details

ISBN:
9781524768287
Publication Date:
January 7, 2020
Text Details:
The text of this book is set in Adobe Caslon.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations were rendered in acrylic paint, china marker, colored pencil, patterned paper, and book clippings.
Word Count:
1424
Library of Congress Number (LCCN):
2019007529
WorldCat Number (OCLC):
1135351443
ASIN/ISBN 10:
1524768286
Lexile® Level:
AD830L
ATOS® Book Level:
4.6
Accelerated Reader® Points:
0.5
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:
LG

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