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Title: The Golden Pathway
Author: Donna M. McDine
Illus.: K. C. Snider
ISBN: 1616330813 (Paperback)
ISBN: 978-1616330811 (Paperback)
ISBN: 1616330880 (Hardback)
ISBN: 978-1616330880 (Hardback)
THE GOLDEN PATHWAY Review
Donna M. McDine
Illustrator K. C. Snider
David listens to the screams coming from the barn as his pa beats a slave. After the screams stop, he sneaks to the barn to tend Jenkins’ wounds. David has treated the welts on his back before, and he knows his pa is wrong. David promises Jenkins he’ll help him escape. And he has a plan.
Using vivid language and descriptions, the author gives readers a glimpse of life during the days of slavery, placing the reader in the setting of the story, feeling the pain and fear the slave feels, and the sadness mixed with determination that David feels. K. C. Snider’s illustrations further bring the story to life, portraying David’s emotions and the landscape perfectly.
Once children have read about David and the part he played in the Underground Railroad, they’ll be eager to find other stories to enhance what they’ve learned in The Golden Pathway. I know Ms. McDine’s story has aroused my interest in this time period. A bibliography of the author’s research is provided for additional reading, and an author’s note explains how “codes” were used to help the slaves to freedom. This short book would make a nice addition to elementary school classrooms to supplement history lessons. I also recommend it not only for young readers, but their parents and grandparents as well, who might learn some surprising facts themselves the way I did. A very nice debut book.