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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.
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.
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!!
This is an inspiring story, beautifully told and illustrated about how Mary Walker Learned to Read. Everyone will appreciate the stirring account of a 116 year old student who believed you are never too old to learn. I totally agree. Love this book!
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.