The Escape of Robert Smalls by Jehan Jones-Radgowski🙂🙂👍👍
The Escape of Robert Smalls is a children’s read aloud book with fabulous illustrations
by Poppy Kang and written by Jehan Jones-Radgowski. The book shares a story of a man determined to be free at a time when being free was not an easy option for a black man.
was a slave born in South Carolina. He was born at a time when slavery was allowed in the Southern states, but not in the Northern States. Many slaves wanted to escape to freedom, but the treacherous journey, as well as the Fugitive Slave Laws
kept many from trying. Robert Smalls and a few friends had come up with a bold escape plan, but would it work?
I liked how the book didn’t presume prior knowledge of slavery. The story
was just tense enough to keep youngsters guessing and hoping for the best. The Escape of Robert Smalls was a good read aloud!