Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 172

Picture Book: With Books & Bricks:                                                                   How Booker T. Washington Built a School

Author: Suzanne Slade

Illustrator: Nicole Tadgell

Summary: Born a slave, Booker T. Washington was determined to learn to read so he taught himself. He was determined to go to school so he walked. He begged rides so he could attend the nearest school for black students, 500 miles away. He wanted to teach other African-Americans who were ready to learn so he began a school in Tuskegee, AL. The cover of this book shows Mr. Washington looking at a hole in the roof of the small shed where this school began. Because he wanted more rooms for the dozens, and later hundreds, of eager students of color, he taught them to build. As more students arrived, more buildings were built. The result was the prestigious Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University. In the back of this book you’ll find More about Booker and an Author’s Note.

Hanna’s Comments: As an educator and a life-long Alabamian, I’m a big fan of Booker T. Washington. While I was homeschooling, I took my son and his friends to see Tuskegee. I was struck by the beauty, the legacy, and the treasure of this institution. What Mr. Washington was able to accomplish at that place and time is a testimony to his God-given determination, ingenuity, and passions for learning, teaching, and building. This book beautifully tells the story of the early influences on his remarkable achievements. Consider him a hero and inspiration for the  youth of any faith family or classroom.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Albert Whitman & Co., 2014

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 7 and up, 2nd and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Tablet, There are several short videos about Booker T. Washington on YouTube and elsewhere.

PBT Category: Fresh off the Press

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abilities, action, America, aspirations/dreams, beginnings/morning, call/calling/vocation, challenges, change, commitment, creativity/imagination/ingenuity, difficulties, disabilities/handicaps/limitations, education/learning/school, freedom, gifts/giftedness/talents, God’s will, golden rule/great commandment, heroes, hope, image of God, journeys/migrations/pilgrimage/quests, labor/work, leadership/servant leadership, legacies, mentors/teachers, North America, nurturing, passion, patience, perseverance, pleasing God/the Shema, power, problems/problem solving, purpose, race relations/racism, slavery/slaves, social justice, steadfastness, time/timing/over time, transformation, wisdom  

Scripture Connections: Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me (Matthew 25); as each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace (1 Peter 4:10)

Idea(s) for Application: Use this book in a homeschool or private school situation when talking about heroes, such as Booker T. Washington, who choose to use their God-given passions and gifts for the lifting up of those who are suffering or persecuted. 

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