Freedom Ship

Freedom Ship


Written by Doreen Rappaport

Illustrated by Curtis James


Hyperion Books for Children, 2006, 34 pp.

ISBN:  0786806451      (ages: 8-12)

Rating: HR     Genre: Picture Book (with instructional value) 


This book automatically draws students into it! Written and illustrated by an award-winning author and illustrator, their talents are immediately recognized in the endsheets which feature an authentic map of Charleston Harbor and a photo of Robert Smalls, the riverboat pilot featured in the book. Narrated from a child’s point of view, his parents orchestrate an escape from slavery upon the Confederate ship, the Planter. The problem soon becomes that they are sailing north during the Civil War, and they must quickly replace the Confederate Flag with a white sheet in order not to be attacked. Not only did a group of slaves find freedom in this creative way, but Robert Smalls delivered the ship and all of its ammunition into the hands of the Union army! Great read perfect for third grade and up! (Trade Book)


Reviewer:        Dixie K. Keyes

                        Assistant Professor of Middle Level Education

                        Department of Teacher Education

                        Arkansas State University