Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Coretta Scott King Award Winner: Elijah of Buxton

Citation: Curtis, C. P. (2009). Elijah of Buxton. New York: Scholastic Paperbacks.


1. What did you like or dislike about the book?
I liked the book because it Elijah is accident-prone, makes mistakes, and “fragile,” so I can relate to the character. This book also realistically portrays slavery to young readers through a child's first-person perspective. Readers learn about conditions in slavery at a distance, though the horrors become increasingly apparent. Essential to the story, some of the scenes show a variety of emotionas and a subtlety unusual in children's fiction.

2. What in your life may have influenced your reaction or response to this book?
Something in my life that may have influenced my reaction is the fact that despite all the differences that the character and I may have, I was still able to make connections with the character; other readers probably would be able to, as well.

3. How would you compare this book to another book or books, or book or books by same author?

This book reminded me of Feathers, in that it was insightful book involving African American perspectives. Other books by Curtis include Bud, not Buddy, Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, and Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission.

4. What new thing (information or insight) did you learn about children's literature in reading this book?

This book was able to accurately portray the horrors of slavery to young readers. This takes a talented author to be able to do this; this book distinguishes itself among other books that claim to portray slavery.

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