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Almost to Freedom (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Tells the tale of a tender girl's dramatic get away from slavery through the Underground Railroad, from the viewpoint of her cherished rag doll.

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Patrollers or “paddyrollers” were another threat to escaping slaves. Patrollers were hired by communities to police the plantation countryside. Steal away. . : an example of a slave song. While songs provided comfort and entertainment, many were sung to pass along messages about secret meetings and escape plans.

I’s sorry when they finally go ‘cause I get to feelin’ lonely again. I get to thinkin’ that I best stop hopin’. Then one day, praise the Lord, the boards bein’ moved! Somebody’s comin’ down the ladder! If I’d a flesh-andblood heart, it woulda been poundin’ like Lindy’s that night we run off. I see light from a lantern and a woman wrappin’ up a little girl in a blanket. The child’s shiverin’, more scared, I think, than cold. Her eyes look tired and tearful. ” She blows the dust off my face and holds me closer to the lantern.

When the floorboards open again, sunlight shines in. The silver-haired woman comes down the ladder. “There you are,” she says, pickin’ me up. ” She straightens my dress. ” She sets me on a blanket and tucks it ‘round me. “Sleep tight,” she says, and carries the lantern and privy bucket up the ladder. Then she closes the floor. If I coulda made tears, them blankets woulda been wet clean through. I want Lindy. But I know she ain’t comin’ back. Can’t. The loneliness swallows me up. give a lot of time to thinkin’ about Lindy and her folks, where they was, and if they ever got to Freedom like they was wantin’.

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