The oldest student : how Mary Walker learned to read /

by Hubbard, Rita L [author.]; Mora, Oge [illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2020]Edition: First edition.Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm.ISBN: 9781524768287 (hardcover).Subject(s): Walker, Mary, 1848-1969 -- Juvenile literature | Women slaves -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Freedmen -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Illiterate persons -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Walker, Mary, 1848-1969 | Women slaves | Illiterate persons | Women -- Biography | African Americans -- BiographySummary: "A picture book biography sharing the inspiring and incredible true story of the nation's oldest student, Mary Walker, who learned to read at the age of 116"-- Provided by publisher.
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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 unbelivable and 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.

Ages: 4-8.

Grades: K-3.

"A picture book biography sharing the inspiring and incredible true story of the nation's oldest student, Mary Walker, who learned to read at the age of 116"-- Provided by publisher.

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Horn Book Review

As an enslaved child on an Alabama plantation, Mary Walker would look up at the birds soaring overhead and think: That must be what its like to be free. As a teen she was emancipated from slavery but still had to work hard all her life just to get by. At age 114, having outlived two husbands and three children, she decided to learn to read. The appended authors note says that very little is known about Walkers life during the intervening years (I chose to imaginedetails to fill in the blanks); the generally straightforward (and unsourced) text includes invented thoughts and dialogue (Im going to learn to read those words, she vowed). Pronounced the nations oldest student, Walker met presidents, flew in an airplane, and at long last felt complete. She died in 1969 at age 121. Moras vibrant mixed-media collages work in swirls of deep blues and greens. As Marys life unfurls, bird motifs appear, reiterating the freedom that she discovered when she learned to read. Words are embedded throughout, enriching each scene, and on the final page we see Walkers quote: Youre never too old to learn. Photos of this inspirational woman appear on the endpapers. Maija Meadows Hasegawa January/February 2020 p.105(c) Copyright 2020. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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