Day of Tears by Julius Lester
I contemplated reading this book for some time, and I'm so glad I finally did. A Day of Tears is a historical fiction based on the largest slave auction ever held in the history of the United States of America. During the two days of the auction, a torrential rainstorm took place, and the skies did not clear until the auction came to an end. This historical event became known as "the weeping time."
This is the story of Pierce Butler, a large plantation owner in Georgia, and his two daughters Frances and Sarah and their house slave named Emma. Emma is the caretaker of Butler's two children and the children love Emma deeply, especially little Sarah. The two sisters have opposing viewpoints of slavery, Sarah abhors slavery while Frances, like her father, revels in Southern pride. In an attempt to pay off his massive gambling debts, Mr. Butler must sell the only property he has left, which consists of over 400 slaves. Although Butler promises not to sell Emma, she is a young strong girl who will surely turn a mighty profit on the auction block. You will have to read the book to find out what happens; but this heart wrenching story of our country's history is one that should never be forgotten.
Friday, August 9, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
Two weeks ago, we bought new bikes for the family, because we thought it would be the perfect family activity. The plan is to get outdoors as often as possible, and perhaps take an adventure to some of our beautiful state parks.
Wow! I cannot believe it has been 10 months since I posted on this blog. Haha, believe me I have been extremely busy and I have to redirect my focus on life. First of all, last fall I started taking online college courses. So, now not only am I a Mommy and a wife, but also a full-time student! :) Previously, this blog was a place for me to post about books my daughter and I were reading. However, I have decided that I need this blog to cover a broader range of topics. From today and onward I will be posting about multiple subjects that will include books, my new fitness goals, food, and whatever else comes to my mind. lol With my hectic schedule, I cannot make any promises on how often I will post, but I'm excited about this new journey.
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Sunday, September 16, 2012
We give this book a big thumbs up, however at 485 pages it took us all summer to complete. There are 4 books in this series each similar in length. The author has a great imagination, and this series reminds me somewhat of The Harry Potter books. I was reading this aloud to my 7 year old but the book is more geared to 5th - 8th graders.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
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