The Golden Pathway

The Golden Pathway Librarian Note Alternate Cover Edition for ISBN ISBN Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave

  • Title: The Golden Pathway
  • Author: Donna M. McDine K.C. Snider
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback
  • Librarian Note Alternate Cover Edition for ISBN 10 1616330880 ISBN 13 9781616330880.Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa Fighting against extraordinary times and beliefs, David leads Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences deaLibrarian Note Alternate Cover Edition for ISBN 10 1616330880 ISBN 13 9781616330880.Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa Fighting against extraordinary times and beliefs, David leads Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa Suggested age for readers 8 12

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    1. Meaningful, inspiring and moving, The Golden Pathway is a beautiful historical book for children ages 8-12. It's an important addition to every child's bookshelf, as it will help teach your kid about courage, compassion and doing the right thing. The books is about two boys - two very different boys - and their unlikely friendship. David is the son of a cruel and mean drunk. Jenkins is an African American teenage boy who is owned by David's father. Though often mistreated and called "a sissy" by [...]

    2. The Golden Pathway is about a young boy, David, in a time when having slaves was commonplace. Almost every night, David hears the screams of Jenkin's coming from the barn, as his Pa in another drunken stupor beats the poor sixteen-year-old slave boy. While David knows he could catch a beating from his alcoholic father, he takes the risk and sneaks into the barn to help treat Jenkin's wounds. But just trying to heal wounds doesn't feel enough to David, he knows that being beaten every night is no [...]

    3. Twelve-year-old David lives with his parents on their farm in the south, during the time of slavery in the US. David can never please his Pa, who ridicules him when he displays weakness, and calls him sissy. Worse, Pa routinely and savagely whips the slaves, including sixteen-year-old Jenkins. Appalled at these beatings, David determines to help Jenkins escape. David is frightened of his father, and knows that if he is caught, Pa will beat him. David will need his wits and every ounce of courage [...]

    4. The Golden Pathway, by Donna M. McDine, with artwork by K.C. Snider, is a captivating book about a sore subject in American history – the anguish of slavery. This moving story shows young readers the courage of one slave owner’s son, David, who rescues the slave Jenkins from a life of beatings. David helps Jenkins after each beating, but knows he must do more than cleanse wounds. He has to help Jenkins escape or suffer a slow death at his father’s hands. The story grabs your heart. You hol [...]

    5. My 10 and 12 year old children read this book and thought it was a good book They told me they felt sorry for the slave in the story Jenkins because of the beatings that David's father would do to him. But they were very happy and glad that David would go help Jenkins at night after his beatings and even help him escape. They thought it would be a great book for kids their ages to understand how hard it was on the slaves back them.I also read this book and I agree with my two children it is a ve [...]

    6. Journey back in time to the pre-civil war era when slavery was the accepted norm in America. Meet a courageous young boy named David – a young teen slave named Jenkins – David’s abusive, alcoholic father. These three are the main characters in Donna M. McDine’s book, The Golden Pathway. David is a compassionate boy who befriends the slave boy Jenkins. After watching and hearing his father beat Jenkins repeatedly almost daily, David administers whatever comfort and help he can to Jenkins. [...]

    7. Okay, so the synopsis above does a great job in describing the story but it doesn't convey the intensity of the read you're embarking on.  For a book intended for 8-12 year olds, I was a tad surprisedt in the offended sense, just in the reality of what's presented.  The author isn't explicit but they do not sugar coat things either. In a little over 20 pages, we meet David, watch as he nurtures a friendship of sorts with Jenkins, see him discover his inner strength and put his good intentions [...]

    8. Little Kid Reaction: Our fourth-grader thought David's dad was "stupid." Until we read further and she made the connection that this was about slavery, she was off put by the story. There were elements of the story she recognized (like learning about the Underground Railroad), and she liked how David helped Jenkins escape.Big Kid Reaction: The first few sentences took me aback, and I almost stopped reading. As "grabbers go," this one is pretty stark. I'm glad we kept reading, as I learned some t [...]

    9. Copy received from Historical Fiction Book Tours for an honest ReviewReview posted:http:booknerdloleotodoSince I read "Powder Monkey" by Donna M. McDine I had an idea of what to expect. I knew that the subject covered would be a serious one. Since this is my second book by McDine I can appreciate the magical way that she incorporates very serious topics in a very courageous way. David is a young boy that defies his father, befriends his fathers slave and ultimately helps him. David was incredibl [...]

    10. A courageous and inspiring children's book. David does not like that his father owns or mistreats their slave, Jenkins. Even though David's father can be mean, David risks the consequences to try and help his friend escape on the underground railroad. This book is written with honesty and with the reality of the subject matter at the time. There is not a lot of sugar-coating, a slave is whipped, David's father is an alcoholic. With this in mind, it is most appropriate for children in fourth grad [...]

    11. The Golden Pathway is a well done book that would make a great addition to a classroom or home-school library or to be used by any parent who wants to help teach their child about compassion, prejudice and right verses wrong.Slavery is not an enjoyable subject to read about but this book shows that one person can make a difference by choosing to help instead of turning a blind eye. The lesson of this book can easily be applies to situations facing our children today where it takes courage to hel [...]

    12. Award winning children's author, Donna M. McDine, has written a book targeted to kids from 8 to 12 years old that teaches about our American history during the turbulent time of slavery. The Golden Pathway is a beautiful example of what children's literature can be when presented in an interesting and artistic manner.Illustrations in The Golden Pathway are especially thought provoking and will no doubt encourage visual thinking, conversation and a desire to find out more about this riveting time [...]

    13. Originally posted at: peekingbetweenthepagesThe Golden Pathway by Donna McDine is a beautiful little children’s book with a very important message of compassion, caring, and bravery. The story takes us back in time when slavery existed and introduces us to one very courageous young boy. As the story unfolds there are lovely full page color illustrations by K.C. Snider that help tell the story as well and I must say I was captivated by them as I’m sure children will be too.David lives with hi [...]

    14. As with Ms. McDine's story Powder Monkey, my 9 year-old son and I read The Golden Pathway in one sitting, drawn into the story from the very first page. The bravery and kindness displayed by David is remarkable and I was happy to find the main character doing what he felt was right in such a horrible situation and being such an inspiring example for my son. We had quite the conversation when the story was over, discussing the difference between doing what your parents tell you (which is what my [...]

    15. Source: Free copy from Donna M. McDine, and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, in exchange for a review. All reviews expressed are from my own opinion.Summary:David has grown up in the American south, pre-Civil War era. His father owns slaves that work his farm. David's father is not an honorable man, he believes his vices are hidden from family. David makes the decision to take a stand against his father's way of life, and for justice.My Thoughts:I love stories where the protagonist rises a [...]

    16. The Golden Pathway is the story of a young boy’s daily struggle with the abuse and injustice of slavery on his own homestead. Day after day, David is horrified by his father’s treatment of their teenage slave, Jenkins, and longs to ease his suffering and help him find freedom. Is David brave enough to risk Pa’s wrath and help Jenkins escape? Despite the heavy themes of bullying and suffering, David’s story is incredibly empowering. The illustrations show the characters’ raw emotions in [...]

    17. This book takes Children back to a dark time in American History. It is the story of a very brave young boy and a sixteen year old slave boy, named Jenkins. David lives in the Southern US with his Mother and Alcoholic Father. He loves his parents, but doesn't understand the abuse. David somehow finds the strength to help Jenkins, he risks a beating by sneaking out to the barn and tending to Jenkins wounds. They were inflicted by his father. He has to find a way to helphe can't bare this cruelty. [...]

    18. I will not recap what this book is about, I think the synopsis does a fine job of that. There are so many positive things that I love about this book. The Golden Pathway is the perfect book to read to any 8-12 year old. It shows a side of American history from a child's pov and that is rarely done. This book can open the door to questions and discussions about the Underground Railroad and other aspects of this time period. David's compassion for Jenkin's is heartfelt, he knows what is right and [...]

    19. This beautifully illustrated book is about a boy, David, who knows that his father's cruelty towards his slaves is wrong. He risks his father's wrath to help 16-year-old Jenkins by dressing his wounds after being beaten, again, by David's father. David's decision and bravery to help Jenkins escape brings to life this story of how slaves were helped by others to find their way to freedom. A brilliantly written story suggested for ages 8-12 can be enjoyed by any age. The illustrations are large an [...]

    20. David’s Pa whips James savagely. He chances his Pa’s wrath to administer first aid to a slave. David is afraid for Jenkins’ safety. The possibility of what Pa might do is too much for him. He makes contact with people involved with the Underground Railroad. To learn how the story ends buy a copy today.In Donna McDine’s debut book witness a poignant depiction of the best and worst of humanity. The portrayal of the brutality dealt a slave and a white boy’s sense of right and wrong are ex [...]

    21. After hearing his father beating another slave, David becomes determined to help the man escape before experiencing any more torture.The Golden Pathway works well as a book to explain the atrocities many slaves experienced and the bravery of many people to help them escape from their tormentors. I read this book through on my own then to my daughter. She had many of the same comments I did. While we both enjoyed the story, we would have liked David's name mentioned before the 4th sentence and hi [...]

    22. What a powerful story of good will by Award winning children’s author, Donna McDine. She takes you back in time showing us that slavery did exist and how the Underground Railroad helped slaves escape to the north where they gained their freedom.The message we should take from this story is that there are good and faithful people willing to make a wrong right by satisfying anything to help others. What a wonderful illustration by K.C. Snider bringing the story to life. I highly recommend the Go [...]

    23. A topic that is usually introduced in the 3rd grade, The Golden Pathway is a nice addition to historical literature on the subject of the slavery. To read the rest of the review and more about this book, simply follow the link: aleisuremoment/2014/09

    24. The Golden Pathway is a wonderful book on the relationship between a white boy and a slave. Goodness overides evil. The only reason I gave it a 4 rather than a five was for the cover illustration. The inside of the book was illustrated beautifully

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