Grades 4 - 7
Grade level Equivalent: 5.5
Lexile® Measure: 930L
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: Not Available
- Slavery, Underground Railroad, Abolition
- Equality, Fairness, Justice
- African American
- Jewish Experience
About This Book
This collection of Bible stories, exquisitely illustrated in colorful oils, is narrated by Charlotte, an educated woman of color in 1865, who reminisces about her childhood in slave-holding Charleston, South Carolina.
"Come, join me as I take you back to Charleston, South Carolina, to my father's forge in the early 1800s. Sit with me on the woodpile as he tells a tale faith, hope, or love."
In this extraordinary collection, Charlotte Jefferies and her father Price, a former slave, introduce us to twelve best loved Bible tales, from Genesis to Daniel, and reveal their significance in the lives of African Americans — and indeed of all oppressed peoples.
When Charlotte wants to understand the cruel injustices of her time, she turns to her father. "Does the powerful slaveholder, Mr. Sam Riley, who seems to own all that surrounds them, also own the sun and moon?" she wonders. Price's answer is to tell the story of Creation. "How can God allow an evil like slavery to exist?" she asks. Price responds by telling the story of the Hebrews' Exodus — and shows Charlotte that someday their people, too, will be free.
With exquisite clarity, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack and James Ransome — a Newbery Honor winner and all Coretta Scott King Award winners — brilliantly illuminate the parallels between the stories of the Jews and African-American history. Let My People Go is a triumphant celebration of both the human spirit and the enduring power of story as a source of strength.