Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation

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➹ [Reading] ➻ Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation  By Pat Sherman ➮ –
  • Unknown Binding
  • 32 pages
  • Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Pat Sherman
  • English
  • 12 December 2017
  • 9780802853196

10 thoughts on “Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation

  1. says:

    At first I thought this was just a story about an event that might have been, but Benjamin Holmes was a real person. Young Ben can read but must keep his ability a secret lest he be punished, as in pre-Civil War Charleston slaves are not allowed to read. Little does he know how important reading will be after the Emancipation Proclamation is issued. I loved the way the story was told, and I especially enjoyed Floyd Cooper’s historical illustrations. Sherman includes a note at the end of the book providing further information about Ben, who, I was surprised to read, also became a member of the famous Jubilee Singers after enrolling in Fisk University. Here’s an excellent Black History Month read. Highly recommended.

  2. says:

    Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation is based on the true story of Benjamin Holmes, a slave who read “The Message of Abraham Lincoln” to the men in a slave prison where he was being held. Readers learn that Ben’s father taught him the alphabet and issued the warning “Don’t let them know you can read.” Ben’s father is sold and sent to parts unknown, but Ben continues his education in secret (at the urging of his mother) when he is apprenticed to a tailor in Charleston. Once the Civil War reaches Charleston, Ben is sent to the overcrowded slave prison to await sale. It is in this crowded room, that he reads the Emancipation Proclamation and receives a jubilant response for two reasons.

    This story has beautifully illustrated oil paintings by Floyd Cooper. The sepia tones throughout are reminiscent of old pictures and add to the sense of authenticity. Through subtle and careful narration, author Pat Sherman helps readers understand the dangers of Ben’s knowledge. While on an errand, a store clerk hands him Pearl’s Soap instead of Pear’s Soap; Ben has to correct her by asking for “the yellow box, not the blue one.”

    This picture book would fit into a unit on the Civil War. With scaffolding and discussion, Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation could be used to help students develop “historical empathy.” Themes of separation from family, literacy, and perseverance are in the forefront. But the story could also inspire young or struggling readers to improve through hard work. Reading the author’s note, you discover that the real Benjamin Holmes might have been 15-17 years old when the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, although in the illustrations he appears to be younger. I would only point this out to older struggling readers. I would also ask students to note that when Ben reads, the men cheer because they’re free, but also because it’s the first time they’d heard a black man read—someone is cheering for them too.

  3. says:

    Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation is a children's picture book written by Pat Sherman and illustrated by Floyd Cooper. It is a cursory biography about the childhood of Benjamin Holmes, who secretly learned how to read, when it was illegal to do so for slaves.

    February, at least in my part of the world is Black History Month, which I plan to read one children's book, particularly a biography, which pertains to the subject everyday this month. Therefore, I thought that this book would be apropos for today.

    Benjamin Holmes was a 19th-century South Carolina slave who later became a teacher, news correspondent, and Fisk Jubilee Singer after emancipation. He was a slave to a tailor, but was eventually sent to a slave pen when his owners left the city to get away from the upcoming war and could not bring him along. He was eventually freed by the Union in 1863.

    Sherman's text is rather simplistic, straightforward, and informative. It details what the life of Benjamin Holmes as a child slave in South Carolina to a family of tailors. It shows the ingenuity of him in learning how to read while keeping it secret, as it was illegal for slaves to read. Cooper's illustrations are phenomenally drawn, colorful, and depicted the narrative extremely well.

    The premise of the book is rather straightforward. It chronicles the childhood of Benjamin Holmes as a slave as he learned to read. His father taught him the alphabet and to read some, before he was sold away. Benjamin continued his reading education by learning how to read street signs, labels, and discarded newspapers. As war was heading their way, the tailor and his family closed up shop to move away, but could not bring Benjamin along and so he was sent to a slave pen to await to being sold again. A newspaper with Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was smuggled in and Benjamin read it out loud to everyone in the slave pen.

    All in all, Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation is a wonderful, but brief biography of Benjamin Holmes, who illegally taught himself how to read and found the power in words after he read the Emancipation Proclamation.

  4. says:

    "Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation" by Pat Sherman is an uplifting story that can be used in the classroom by educators to teach children about the times of slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation. Children can see a different perspective of a young child trying to learn how to read, and will learn that it wasn't always available to everyone. Throughout the book as Ben discovers new words, they are spelled out letter by letter which can be used as a vocabulary lesson as well. It gives an appreciation for reading along with teaching children the history of slavery and the Civil War. The great illustrations by Floyd Cooper can help give children an idea of the setting of the story.

  5. says:

    What an excellent story! It shows the determination of one small boy to learn to read despite the dangers. His life is an amazing story of helping others. I can't wait to read the "Additional Sources" listed in the back. It also lists websites:
    * The Emancipation Proclamation
    * Fisk University

    * The Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory
    * The South Carolina Information Highway

  6. says:

    Well-written story tells of a slave boy who must hide his growing literacy and the events immediately following the freeing of the slaves. An interesting slice-of-life biography from the childhood of one of the Jubilee singers, Benjamin Holmes. Based on a true story. Warm, painterly illustrations.

  7. says:

    Awards the book has received (if any): n/a
    Appropriate grade level(s): 3rd-7th
    Original summary: Based on true events, Ben is a young slave who teaches himself how to read. He reads Lincoln's new emancipation proclamation aloud to other slaves and they burst out in cheers.
    Original review: This story is historic and inspirational for all readers. Its illustrations reflect on the emotions and tone of the story.
    1-2 possible in-class uses:
    1) Can be used for a lesson/unit on slavery.
    2) Can be used to encourage young readers who are discouraged if they fall behind in reading development.

  8. says:

    Inspired by a true story. I think the author did children a disservice by underplaying how dangerous it was for Ben to learn to read. And that underplaying of danger also lessens the triumph when Ben openly reads the Proclamation of Emancipation to his fellow slaves.

  9. says:

    A great book on the power and importance of education. Young Ben is a slave, but he learns to read and with that ability he is able to read Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to other slaves and celebrate their new freedom.

  10. says:

    This is a biographical picture book on the life of Benjamin C Holmes. He was a black slave who learned to read and write with very little instruction initially. His life provides a perspective on slaverly that is different from many others. The focus is mostly on his learning to read rather than the end of slavery. This is very relatable for early elementary students. It would be easy to incorporate making newspaper hats into a lesson to accompany this book or chocolate gold coins as they are both in the book. The book is written from the perspective of a youth, and presents many of the harsh realities of the time in an age appropriate way. The author includes a note at the end of the book telling about the rest of Ben's life.

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