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The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

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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"Crisp, engaging collages by Mora tell Mary Walker’s story in tapestrylike scenes whose planes of blues and greens convey the slow turning of years. In her early days, the signs and notices on the wall around Mary Walker appear as scribbles, but after she learns to read, they turn into words. Walker’s determination and her long, long life — she died at 121 — offer genuine inspiration." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Rita Lorraine Hubbard
Illustrator Oge Mora
ISBN 1524768286
Publication Date Jan 7, 2020
Publisher Schwartz & Wade
Language English