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I love this story. It reminds me of my grandfather who I taught to read at 70 years old. I became an educator so I could help others. This story inspired me to continue spreading the message that there is NOT an achievement gap for black and brown children ... there is an OPPORTUNITY GAP. I pray that stories like this continue to motivate children to learn and that people in education continue to consider the lasting impact slavery and racism has had on the education of black and brown children. Well done. Bravo.
Oh my goodness, my students love this book! It hits on content that has made my students think deeper and make connections! It engaging, the illustrations are absolutely beautiful and the details are just gorgeous! We loved it! Absolutely recommend to everyone!!
I didn’t know about Mary Walker until I found this book. She is known as the nation’s oldest student who learned to read at the age of 116...yes, 116! This beautifully illustrated book follows her lifelong journey to become a reader. It is sure to not only impress your students but inspire them to follow their dreams...no matter how long it takes!
Breathtaking book on all levels, and so inspiring! Indeed, nobody is ever too old to learn. What a fabulous message for children. I had never heard of Mary Walker, but I am glad I know her story now, and that children will too.
This book was perfect to read as a mystery reader for my granddaughter's fourth grade classroom. I was able to video me reading the book and reveal who I was at the end of the video. The story is one every child should read. It is a true story full of history and life lessons our children need to know. The illustrations are as good as the story. I highly recommend the book.
The Oldest Student How Mary Walker Learned to Read gives us a glimpse of what life was like for Mary Walker, born a slave in 1848 and all the jobs she had during her lifetime and the punishment she received. Mary longed to learn to read and at the age of 116, she finally did. Mary serves as a lesson in resilience and forgiveness.
A stunning and triumphant story! This book is beautiful! My children (ages 4, 8, and 11) were captivated by this story from beginning to end. Mary Walker’s life opened up thoughtful discussions about history, slavery, education, overcoming challenges, and celebration. 5 stars!
The language in this picture book is lyrical, and the simple illustrations are lovely. Most of all, the story of Mary Walker, who was born a slave and learned to read at the age of 116, is so inspiring. A great book to share with children.