A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia 1859

A Picture of Freedom The Diary of Clotee a Slave Girl Belmont Plantation Virginia Day or two laterFreedom is one of the first words I teached myself to write Down in the Quarters people pray for freedom they sing bout freedom but to keep Mas Henley from knowin their true feelings

  • Title: A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia 1859
  • Author: Patricia C. McKissack
  • ISBN: 9780590259880
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Day or two laterFreedom is one of the first words I teached myself to write Down in the Quarters people pray for freedom they sing bout freedom, but to keep Mas Henley from knowin their true feelings, they call freedom heaven Everybody s mind is on freedom.But it is a word that aine never showed me no picture While fannin this afternoon, my eyes fell on freedomDay or two laterFreedom is one of the first words I teached myself to write Down in the Quarters people pray for freedom they sing bout freedom, but to keep Mas Henley from knowin their true feelings, they call freedom heaven Everybody s mind is on freedom.But it is a word that aine never showed me no picture While fannin this afternoon, my eyes fell on freedom in a book William was readin No wonder I don t see nothin I been spellin it F R E D U M.I put the right letters in my head to make sure I remembered their place F R E E D O M I just now wrote it Still no picture

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    1. This book is a diary of a girl named Clotee. She is a slave who learns to read and write from fanning her Master's son during his lessons. This is probably one of the best books i have ever read. It is SO good.

    2. It's very rare for me to to feel the way I did reading this book since it's a work of fiction. How often does a person find a fictional book and actually get so into it that it seems real? Maybe that's because it's so easy to realize that Clotee, along with the rest of the characters, WERE real.mewhere, sometime, these fictional characters were probably right on the mark. This is another book that would be a great one to give to a younger reluctant reader. I'm so happy I read it- it's so worthwh [...]

    3. A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl-chapter book historical fictionMcKissack, Patricia Inc. c1997 ISBN-0-590-25988-1The year is 1859, just before the start of the Civil War and twelve year old Clotee is a slave on the Belmont Plantation in Virginia. She has known no other life other than that of a slave; however one of her jobs is to fan the plantation owner’s son as he is taking his lessons. It is in this way that she secretly learns how to read and write and begins to ke [...]

    4. Dear America: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, A Picture of Freedom by Patricia C. McKissack is an inspirational story told through the eyes and feelings of a fourteen-year-old slave girl living on the Belmont Plantation in Virginia in 1859. Clotee dreams of freedom and always wonders if she will be able to see the real picture depicting the true meaning of the powerful word. Clotee spends most of her nights writing in her diary and dreams of the day she can become an abolitionist to help free [...]

    5. Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadTooIt is 1859 in Virginia. Clotee lives on Belmont Plantation and serves Mas' Henley. She feels lucky because she doesn't have to work in the fields like many of the other slaves. Her job is to attend the lessons Mas' Henley's wife teaches to her two children.When the weather is warm, Clotee's job is to fan the children as they work on their studies. The thing is, Clotee doesn't simply keep the children cool; she also watches over their sh [...]

    6. i started to read this book because i have read many different diary formed books and i had heard from my friend that this was a book i needed to reade category i put this book in was that it was written by a female, whoms name is Patricia C. McKissacke things i liked about this book was that it made me realise all the things that slaves that were africian american had went through in those days because of all the experiences that they had gone through. another favourite thing i loved was how th [...]

    7. The year is 1859. Clotee has lived all twelve years of her life as a slave on the Belmont Plantation in Virginia. Although she has known no life other than that of a slave, she has secretly learned how to read and write, and that ability gives her a glimpse of the world out there. To practice, she keeps a secret diary that she hides in a hollowed-out tree. An orphan most of her life, Clotee has managed to make the best of her circumstances, and writing is one of the few things that brings her an [...]

    8. This is one of the most fascinating books I've read in the Dear America series. Twelve year old Clotee is a true heroine in every sense of the word. Her journal gives a vivid detail of what slavery is like in the year 1859 and what it's like for those trying to free those who are forced into a life serving others.What I found most fascinating about Clotee, is her quest for knowledge and an education. She yearns for Freedom and in so doing, she helped saved the lives of other slaves and become a [...]

    9. This is one of the most fascinating books I've read in the Dear America series. Twelve year old Clotee is a true heroine in every sense of the word. Her journal gives a vivid detail of what slavery is like in the year 1859 and what it's like for those trying to free those who are forced into a life serving others.What I found most fascinating about Clotee, is her quest for knowledge and an education. She yearns for Freedom and in so doing, she helped saved the lives of other slaves and become a [...]

    10. Picture of Freedom (Virginia Plantation) / 0-590-25988-1The history here is correct and the Dear America diary format works well for personalizing a very complex and difficult period of history. The narrator is remarkably easy to identify with, and her love of learning and yearning to read is tangible. Her narrative reminds us what a privilege it is just to be able to read. The author has to bend over backwards to justify how a slave can safely keep a diary, when the very idea of such a thing is [...]

    11. This is another from the My Story fictional book series where a historical event is written in the form of a diary from someone who was witnessing it. Here we have a 12 year old girl who witnesses all the horrors of slavery and cruelty against her friends, while hope arrives in the form of a man with connections to the Underground Railway which takes slaves to freedom.It gives you an idea of just how much work the slaves had to do, even the children. Clotee is a house slave who works very long h [...]

    12. Based on true historical facts, the book, presented in the form of a diary chronicles the story a young slave girl, Clotee. Clotee grows up on the plantation of her owner, Mas' Henley where she learns to read and write while fanning his son, William during his daily lessons. During this time, she learns new words, freedom being the most important of them all. We follow her journey as she learns what true freedom really is, even as she learns that everything isn't black and white; both racially a [...]

    13. I had been wanting to read some historical fiction for a while but not the same romantic love story over again. I found the 'my story series' and I love them!Set in 1859, it is written in diary form and tells of Clotee a slave who is learning to read and write in secret. Most words she can associate with pictures, but 'freedom is just a word'. Through the novel she tries to understand the word freedom and gain a picture to go along with that word as she tries to free herself from slavery.At the [...]

    14. By far the best book in the Dear America series that Five of Hearts and I have read so far. The writing is absolutely phenomenal! Patricia C. McKissack's character of Clotee comes to life so beautifully that it was hard not to become completely engrossed in her story. Five of Hearts has read the Addy (American Girl) series so we have previously discussed slavery in the United States. However, A Picture of Freedom gave a detailed account of life on a plantation for a young slave. There were many [...]

    15. Our favorite book so far in the Diary of America series. "A Picture of Freedom" is an exceptionaly well written account of a young slave's life on a Virginia Plantation. Five of Hearts and I were hooked from the first page and finished this diary in just a few readings. As with any account of slavery there were some horrific parts to read to Five of Hearts. However, there were also many beautiful and inspirational moments that made up this wonderful narrative. We would definetely recommend this [...]

    16. I thought the book was quite interesting because of they way the book follows an ordinary slave girl. I loved to read about her progress as a reader, and (view spoiler)[an abolitionist(view spoiler)[. I liked reading about Clotee because she is a clever girl, always able to think of a plan like when (view spoiler)[she was able to save Mr.Harms when Hince gave away that he was an abolitionist(view spoiler)[ The epilouge was also a favorite part because it tells how Clotee turned out when she got [...]

    17. I liked this Dear America book much better then the Oregon Trail one. The main character seemed much more real and I loved her thirst for knowledge. There were a few parts that were somewhat violent and depressing but considering this book is about a slave girl in the south, I found it very positive and uplifting. I was also pleasantly surprised to read at the end that it was based on a true story and the main character really did live and do the things the book talks about. Very good book for o [...]

    18. This book is good if you like to be bored. I didnt enjoy it at all. It might be the fact that i read the book mostly at night but i found it hard not to fall asleep. Its i think meant for 5th-7th graders because i remember seeing it when i was a kid in my elementary school library. That also migt of contrubuted to my bordem, maybe im too old now. But al in all i dont likeit, but im sure someone elce will.

    19. It was a really good book. It was writen like a diary in the point of view of a slave girl on a southern plantation. Since it was written in the point of veiw of a girl the age of 12 or 13 it helped me relate to the main character. At the begining it can be a little slow at first but then it gets way more interesting. It is an easy read. The story is only 172 pages long. There are 28 more pages of historical notes after the story.It has medium sized font. It is a Historical fiction book.

    20. This is a very quick read, but I enjoyed it. It is written in a diary format by a little slave girl named Clotee. It tells about how she taught herself to read and write (which is why she started her diary), and also about some of the things that slaves endured. She actually had the chance to run away and escape slavery but instead remained on the plantation and became an abolitionist so she could help other slaves escape to their freedom. A story about a very strong young lady.

    21. I like the series Dear America. I picked this book up at a yard sale for a quarter, and I expected about a dollar's worth. It was surprisingly not just good, but great! I loved the way the author progressed the story along by educating Clotee, thus Clotee's diary progressed and became more well-written. A great, short read.

    22. An inspirational story where a slave girl learns how to read and write while fanning her master's son during his lessons and finally achieving her dream of "FREEDOM".

    23. A Picture of Freedom by Patricia C. McKissack is a fictional book. It is about a slave girl named Clotee who is learning to read and write secretly. She has many bumps on her path to learn to read and write. The only way she is able to do this is by being able not keep her job fanning her Master's son. But in doing so another slave girl named Missy rats on her, which puts her and many other slaves in danger.I strongly suggest that you read this book, it tells us about our history in a new way. I [...]

    24. I did like how she learned to read and write .But my heart died when she almost got caught that just killed me good read though .

    25. I decided that I should read a fictional book and came across the book “Slave Girl” which is the journal of twelve year old Clotee during pre-Civil War in Virginia. The book offers a range of imagery for readers to be able to see what the lives of slaves were like during the year 1859.Whilst she has to sleep through starvation she has to serve her master and his rich friends with the most high quality foods. Her struggles and pain are very well described during her time growing up at the Vir [...]

    26. Clotee is a young girl who is a slave in Virginia in the year 1859. The novel gives a good picture of the typical life of the slaves. He master is not above the use of violence in controlling his slaves; his wife can not even begin to handle the household activities without her slaves.The novel does a good job of showing several topics, the first of which is the fact that the masters wanted to keep their slaves ignorant, so teaching a slave any regular school-type subjects was not allowed. Clote [...]

    27. Patricia C. McKissack is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Lizzie Passmore who had been a slave in Alabama. She had somehow learned to read and write, and after the Civil War, taught children near Clayton, Alabama. Although McKissack knows little about her ancestor, she created the character of Clotee based on Lizzie Passmore.In 1859 in Virginia, life on the tobacco plantation is hard for those who are enslaved there. Most work in the fields, but some are assigned to the house and stable, a [...]

    28. A Picture of Freedom is the diary of a slave girl named Clotee who lives in a plantation in South Virginia in the year 1859. The characters of the book include Hince, her friend/older brother, Spicy, who warms up to her throughout the story, Aunt Tee, a motherly figure who’s always helping her and guiding her, Miz Lilly and Master Henley, her cruel owners. Partway through the book Mr. Harms is introduced, a mysterious character who Clotee isn’t quite sure what to think of… Personally, I d [...]

    29. The book Slave Girl is an African-American Girl's Diary from 1859. In that time period it was illegal for Slaves to read or write, but Clotee was educating her self in secret. Clotee kept her Diary hidden in fear that Mas' Henley would find it. Mas' Henley was a cruel human being who would kill Slaves out of his own anger of something he had done. The Slaves were either located in The Big house or out on the fields. Clotee was usually in the Big house dusting Mas' Henley's study or sometimes in [...]

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