Underground

by Shane W. Evans

“We run. We crawl. We rest.” Spare text and stirring images document... read more

“We run. We crawl. We rest.” Spare text and stirring images document the escape of a group of African Americans from slavery. Only a handful of words on each page accompany illustrations that show faces of people moving forward through dark nights in spite of their fear. At times their figures are huddled and hiding from slave hunters; in the end, not everyone makes it. But some do, and author/illustrator Shane W. Evans shows the night sky beginning to brighten, and then faces full of relief emerging into the light of the sun—and of freedom. Literal and symbolic merge in this picture book that evokes powerful feelings. A terrific volume for use with older children, it invites response to the simple statements and powerful illustrations through discussion, writing, or drawing. (Ages 8–12)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012

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