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Title:
Aunt Clara Brown : official pioneer
ISBN:
9781575050454

9781575054162
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Carolrhoda Books, c1999.
Physical Description:
48 p. : color illustrations.
Reading Level:
610 L Lexile
Personal Subject:
Summary:
A biography of the freed slave who made her fortune in Colorado and used her money to bring other former slaves there to begin new lives.
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Introducing new readers to some of history's most interesting and important people, these biographies focus on the pivotal episodes that show what kind of person the subject is (or was) and how he or she came to be famous. Although written in a story format, these books are not fictionalized accounts. A chronology of major events follows the story, along with a brief summary of the subject's life.


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As a successful former slave, Clara Brown used her money to help other freed slaves get a new start in life. In 1859 Clara bought her own freedom and headed west to Colorado to find her daughter, who was sold when she was just a little girl. Clara didn't find her daughter there, but she did get rich. The people she helped became her family, and she became known as "Aunt" Clara Brown.


Reviews 4

Horn Book Review

This biography of a former slave who made and lost a fortune in Colorado's mining towns offers a detailed portrait of an exceptionally full life. It also provides a distinctive perspective on major events in nineteenth-century American history: slavery, the Civil War, western migration, and economic booms and busts. Glossary notes at the end of each chapter disrupt the flow of the text, but they flesh out the historical context. Bib., ind. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Aunt Clara Brown and John Brown shared the same last name, although they were not related. Both had strong feelings about slavery; however, they experienced it in different ways. Aunt Clara bought her own freedom, moved to Colorado, accumulated a great deal of money, and used it to help other freed blacks after the Civil War. Late in her life, she was reunited with her daughter who had been sold as a child. Aunt Clara's story teaches children about tenacity, caring for and about others, and strength of character. Porter's beautiful illustrations done in earth tones with simple lines have a powerful, primitive style. The life of John Brown is presented with realistic, full-color artwork. Readers get a fine overview of the slavery dispute in the United States in the antebellum years as well as of the abolitionist's background, beliefs, and actions. Time lines and afterwords are appended. These biographies are well suited to beginning readers, with large print, short sentences, and illustrations on almost every page. Welcome additions to biographical and historical collections.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

This biography of a former slave who made and lost a fortune in Colorado's mining towns offers a detailed portrait of an exceptionally full life. It also provides a distinctive perspective on major events in nineteenth-century American history: slavery, the Civil War, western migration, and economic booms and busts. Glossary notes at the end of each chapter disrupt the flow of the text, but they flesh out the historical context. Bib., ind. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Aunt Clara Brown and John Brown shared the same last name, although they were not related. Both had strong feelings about slavery; however, they experienced it in different ways. Aunt Clara bought her own freedom, moved to Colorado, accumulated a great deal of money, and used it to help other freed blacks after the Civil War. Late in her life, she was reunited with her daughter who had been sold as a child. Aunt Clara's story teaches children about tenacity, caring for and about others, and strength of character. Porter's beautiful illustrations done in earth tones with simple lines have a powerful, primitive style. The life of John Brown is presented with realistic, full-color artwork. Readers get a fine overview of the slavery dispute in the United States in the antebellum years as well as of the abolitionist's background, beliefs, and actions. Time lines and afterwords are appended. These biographies are well suited to beginning readers, with large print, short sentences, and illustrations on almost every page. Welcome additions to biographical and historical collections.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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