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A

"Tonight we just do A." He sat back on his heels and pointed. "There it

be."

I looked at it, wondered how it stood. "Where's the bottom to it?"

"There it stands on two feet, just like you."

"What does it mean?"

"It means A--just like I said. It's the first letter in the alphabet.

And when you see it you make a sound like this: ayyy, or ahhhh."

"That's reading? To make that sound?"

He nodded. "When you see that letter on paper or a sack or in the dirt

you make one of those sounds. That's reading."

"Well that ain't hard at all."

He laughed. That same low roll. Made me think of thunder long ways off,

moving in the summer sky. "There's more to it. Other letters. But that's

it."

"Why they be cutting our thumbs off if we learn to read--if that's all

there is?"

"'Cause to know things, for us to know things, is bad for them. We get

to wanting and when we get to wanting it's bad for them. They thinks we

want what they got."

I thought of what they had. Fine clothes and food. I heard one of house

workers say they ate off plates and had forks and spoons and knives....

"That's true--I want it."

"That's why they don't want us reading." He sighed. "I got to rest now...."

He moved back to the corner and settled down and I curled up to mammy

in amongst the young ones again.

A, I though. Ayyy, ahhhh. There it is. I be reading.

"Hey there in the corner," I whispered.

"What?"

"What's your name?"

"I be John."

"I be Sarny."

But I didn't I snuggled into mammy and pulled a couple of the young ones

in for heat and kept my eyes open so I wouldn't sleep and thought:

A.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440219361
performance Narrated:
Michele-Denise Woods.
Publisher:
Laurel Leaf Library
Author:
Paulsen, Gary
Location:
Prince Frederick, MD
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Reading
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - History
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Juveniles
Subject:
Readers for new literates
Subject:
Reading -- Fiction.
Subject:
Talking books for children.
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
Subject:
slavery;historical fiction;fiction;ya;african american;civil war;history;children;young adult;african americans;historical;children s;diversity;racism;gary paulsen;novel;literacy;adventure;education;juvenile
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Fiction on cassette
Series Volume:
SB/94-33
Publication Date:
19950131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
6.94x4.20x.32 in. .14 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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