The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read
by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Illustrated by Oge Mora
Publication Date: Jan 07, 2020
List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Schwartz & Wade
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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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.
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- Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Women
- Juvenile Nonfiction / History / United States / General
- Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / United States / African American