Every single morning, the overseer of the plantation rings the bell. Daddy gathers wood. Mama cooks. Ben and the other slaves go out to work. Each day is the same. Full of grueling work and sweltering heat. Every day, except one, when the bell rings and Ben is nowhere to be found. Because Ben ran. Yet, despite their fear and sadness, his family remains hopeful that maybe, just maybe, he made it North. That he is free.
In this brilliantly conceived picture book by Coretta Scott King Award winner James E. Ransome, kids will get a personal perspective on the stories of slavery and the Underground Railroad that they hear about in history books. It's an ode to hope and a powerful tribute to the courage of those who ran for freedom — a stunning reminder that our past can never be forgotten.
"In an image of startling force, a flying swallow is seen darting off the last, blank page. Stories about escaping slaves often follow the journeys of those leaving; this one imagines what life was like for a family left behind. The recurring image of the bell throughout each day underscores the way slaves’ lives were continually regimented and surveilled. Ransome’s gracefully sculpted figures give Ben’s family heroic stature; his story makes their hunger for freedom palpable." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||5 - 8|
|Author||James E. Ransome|
|Illustrator||James E. Ransome|
|Publication Date||Jan 15, 2019|
|Publisher||Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books|
|Award Winners||Coretta Scott King Award|