The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Hardcover)

A Staff Favorite!

If you haven't yet fallen in love with Oge Mora's work, here is a wonderful place to start. Here she divinely illsutrates the story of Mary Walker as told by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, who to learn to read at the age of 116. Born into slavery, Mary always loved learning, but always put her family first. When all three of her children and her husband died when she was 114, she was finally able to do what she'd always dreamed. Told in Mora's signature collage style (seen in Thank You, Omu! and Saturday), even the youngest readers will delight and wonder at this incredible biography. 

Reviewed by: Tildy

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By Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
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If you haven't yet fallen in love with Oge Mora's work, here is a wonderful place to start. Here she divinely illsutrates the story of Mary Walker as told by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, who to learn to read at the age of 116. Born into slavery, Mary always loved learning, but always put her family first. When all three of her children and her husband died when she was 114, she was finally able to do what she'd always dreamed. Told in Mora's signature collage style (seen in Thank You, Omu! and Saturday), even the youngest readers will delight and wonder at this incredible biography. 

— Tildy

Description


Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! Discover the true story of Mary Walker, the nation's oldest student who did just that, in this picture book from a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator and a rising star author.

In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. At 114, she was the last remaining member of her family. And at 116, she learned to read. From Rita Lorraine Hubbard and rising star Oge More comes the inspirational story of Mary Walker, a woman whose long life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, and who--with perseverance and dedication--proved that you're never too old to learn.

About the Author


Rita Lorraine Hubbard is the author of a number of nonfiction books for adults and runs the children's book review site Picture Book Depot. She is the author of Hammering for Freedom: The Story of William Lewis, which was awarded the New Voices Award by Lee & Low Books and has received three starred reviews. Ms. Hubbard lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. You can find her online at ritahubbard.com.

Oge Mora is the author/illustrator of Thank You, Omu! which won a Caldecott Honor as well as the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award. It was also selected as a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Staff Pick and was chosen by both Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal as a Best Book of 2018. Visit her at ogemora.com.

Praise For…


"Inspiring" —The Wall Street Journal 

“A lovely, inspirational picture-book biography about beating the odds and achieving your dreams.” —Booklist, starred review

"Walker’s determination and her long, long life—she died at 121—offer genuine inspiration.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
Enjoy this book with every child you know; let Mary Walker become a household name.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An absorbing narrative
and excellent illustrations combine to create a moving story of encouragement for youngsters.” —School Library Journal, starred review

A riveting portrait of a strong-willed American icon.” —BookPage, starrred review


Product Details
ISBN: 9781524768287
ISBN-10: 1524768286
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Publication Date: January 7th, 2020
Pages: 40

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