A personal face is given to the remarkable true tale of Sengbe Pieh, the African man captured by slavers who led the Amistad slave rebellion at sea. The struggle is explored from the main character’s point of view, giving readers insight into Sengbe’s heart and soul as the story unfolds. Sengbe’s strength shines through in this skillfully told, compassionate look at one man’s fight for freedom for all.
"Polisar's ability to capture child-like humor, fear, excitement and wonder has always been obvious." School Library Journal "The terse, exciting narrative will introduce younger readers to the history." Booklist "Tells the true story of the rebellion on the Amistad slave ship from the point of view of the Sengbe Pieh, better known as Joseph Cinque, as he is captured, bound, and thrown onto the ship." Lincoln Journal Star "Polisar handles the details gently in this beginner chapter book and keeps his focus on the man who only wanted to get back to his country, his wife and his children." San Diego Union Tribune "A starting place for children who want to know more." St Louis Post Dispatch full review/endorsement:Childrens author rocks Calvert school houseFriday, Jan. 11, 2008By Gretchen PhillipsStaff WriterStudents at Sunderland Elementary School were getting excited this week about reading while dancing and singing.Childrens author Barry Louis Polisar visited Sunderland Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan. 9, to entertain and educate students with his, books, songs and poetry.Hes just so funny," said Michael Buckholtz, 7,of Polisar, who sang songs about keeping ones finger out of ones nose and about slugs in the garden.Michelle Awalt, multi-cultural arts coordinator with the schools Family and Student Organization at Sunderland, arranged for Polisars visit as an opportunity for the children to have fun and learn at the same time.Awalt remembered seeing Polisar perform when she was in third grade.Polisar, of Silver Spring, has been entertaining children through various forms of writing since the 1970s. He has had 12 childrens books published and written 150 songs. One of his songs appears in the 2007 motion picture Juno."Polisar said he went to college to become a teacher and ended up doing what he loves, which is playing music and telling stories.Polisar said he would continue to write and play while he enjoys it.So far Ive been very lucky," he said.There are many different ways to be a writer," Polisar told the students explaining about poetry, books and songs. I do a little of all of these."Throughout the performance, Polisar explained to students the different steps in writing poetry and books. He explained the many drafts and creative processes he must go through.Ryan Sawyer, 7, was particularly interested in Polisars writing techniques.During a question and answer portion of the program, Sawyer asked Polisar where he got the ideas
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Published: 1st April 2007