A Voice of Her Own: Candlewick Biographies: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-02 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings

" Intelligent introduction to slavery for young children as well as being a good introduction to Phyllis Wheatley's life and poetry w/bright, clear, historically accurate illustrations. " said.

" This is a biography about the slave poet Phillis Wheatley and her journey to success. Takes place during the Revolutionary War, would be a great introduction to poetry unit. " said.

" Great imagery. Accessible for 4th grade but the underlying themes and stylistic choices are probably better approached in middle school. " said.

" Inspirational story of a slave girl allowed to be educated " said.

" Excellent story of a brilliant poet. She was the first African-American woman to have a book published. The illustrations were also very good. " said.

" Celebrate Poetry month with this well written and illustrated biography of an African woman who became a published poet during the early days of the American Revolution. This books is a great steeping off point for students learning about American slavery, it's impact on Africans. This book is available or check out at the Gadsden County Public Library. " said.

" What an incredible story! I've heard the name Phillis Wheatley, but I never knew her story. This book gives a very simplified look into the time and life of Phillis Wheately. I really enjoyed this book, as I do with most historical fiction books. I'm not sure how much of this is true when it comes to the story of Phillis' mother, but I know her being such a successful poet is in fact true and once again is such an incredible story! " said.

"Told elegantly and with beautiful illustrations, this biography of Phillis Wheatley is suitable for older elementary students. It draws comparisons between Phillis' slave status and the struggle of the American colonies for independence from Britain. Using snippets of her own poems, it shows her journey from being kidnapped from Africa to being the first African American female published poet. As another Goodreads reviewer stated, this children's biography makes me want to get Phillis' poem collection for companion reading." said.

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