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by Ann Malaspina, illustrated by Doug Chayka
Lee & Low Books
In the noisy streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, another busy morning is beginning as Yasmin rides to work in her father’s rattling rickshaw. Yasmin longs to go to school so she can learn to read, but her family needs the money she and her sister earn at the brickyard to help keep the rice bag full and the roof repaired.
As she hammers away at bricks day after day, Yasmin dreams of a different life. If she could read, she could be anything she wants to be when she grows up.
PHILLIS SINGS OUT FREEDOM: THE STORY OF GEORGE WASHINGTON AND PHILLIS WHEATLEY
By Ann Malaspina, illustrated by Susan Keeter
Albert Whitman & Company
ISBN 13- 9780807565452
Phillis Wheatley, the slave poet, wrote a poem of encouragement to George Washington as he organized his troops for the Revolutionary War. He read the poem and praised her brilliance in a letter to her. It's unknown if the two actually met. For a slave owner like Washington to praise an African American woman, brought to Boston in a slave ship, was a rare event. A good book for studying the Revolution, slavery, and two important figures in American history.