I read this book to my children as our book of the month for reading time. I picked this book for February because February is Black History Month. Along with this title my children and I read several other books, teaching my children about the inspirational people who helped our country in a time were the color of your skin was something you were hurt for. Even though we started this book at the beginning of February it took us a long time to get through because with each chapter I had to explain to my children what was happening and why people were doing what they were to the Logan family and other characters in the book.
Synopsis provided by Goodreads
Why is the land so important to Cassie’s family? It takes the events of one turbulent year—the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she’s black—to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family’s lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride—no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away.
What I liked about Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
Although the dialogue is hard to read aloud I loved how author Taylor brought you right into the story through Cassie’s eyes. This plot was easy to follow (although some explanation was required for my children who had never experienced racism), with how I would imagine growing up in the south in the time period. I liked how it was written in a way that a child would think. Cassie had an innocence to her almost a shelter for a way of thought. She questioned why people treated them different for being black and to me that would be anyones thought even in that time at her age. My children questioned it throughout the book, I educated them on how ignorant people were in that time. I was glad to hear from them that they would not tolerate anyone treating others this way. I am grateful the beautiful story set out before me in this epic read. Even though this book is a work of fiction I found that it was a non fiction book in sense, these things really did happen right here in America Land of the Free. I am so proud to say that I am an American, but it hurts so much to see that freedom did not mean free for all humans beings!
I like how author Taylor writes in a way that does not bash anyone, yes there were white people doing bad things but she wrote about one little boy in the story Jeremy a white boy who also did not understand why he could not be friends with the Logans because they were black. Also the father’s character I loved he would do anything for his family for his wife and mother as well. He was written as a strong man but he admitted he was still afraid in so many ways. He wanted the best for his family and he was willing to lay down his life to make sure they had a chance to get a good life.
What I didn’t like about the book, there was not much although it does have a very bad racial slurs I have never used I was glad for the education process of telling my children that people use these words with hearts of hate. Nothing good ever comes from HATE. I understand that the author had to use words like this to convey her story to tell her feelings and have everyone white, black, brown or any other race to understand the book.
5 out of 5 Stars- I highly recommend this to read as an adult or as a child 5th grade or older. I did read this book to my 8,10 and 11-year-old. Depending on the child we home educate so it may be different in your family. I also loved the book myself and I am going to read the next book Let The Circle be Unbroken. This next book is recommended for older readers so I will be reading it first to see if my children will be ok with it.
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