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The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

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Imagine learning to read at the age of 116 Discover the true story of Mary Walker, the nation's oldest student who did just that, in this picture book from a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator and a rising star author.

In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. At 114, she was the last remaining member of her family. And at 116, she learned to read. From Rita Lorraine Hubbard and rising star Oge More comes the inspirational story of Mary Walker, a woman whose long life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, and who--with perseverance and dedication--proved that you're never too old to learn.

Author: Rita Lorraine Hubbard
Publisher: Anne Schwartz Books
Published: 01/07/2020
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 11.10h x 9.30w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781524768287
Age Range: 5-9

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.6
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 507316 / Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read


Review Citation(s):
Booklist 11/01/2019 pg. 44
Publishers Weekly 11/18/2019
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 12/01/2019
Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2019 pg. 191
School Library Journal 01/01/2020 pg. 90
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2020 pg. 105
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2020 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Rita Lorraine Hubbard is the author of a number of nonfiction books for adults and runs the children's book review site Picture Book Depot. She is the author of Hammering for Freedom: The Story of William Lewis, which was awarded the New Voices Award by Lee & Low Books and has received three starred reviews. Ms. Hubbard lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. You can find her online at ritahubbard.com.

Oge Mora is the author/illustrator of Thank You, Omu! which won a Caldecott Honor as well as the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award. It was also selected as a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Staff Pick and was chosen by both Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal as a Best Book of 2018. Visit her at ogemora.com.
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