[KINDLE] ✾ The Oldest Student By Rita Lorraine Hubbard – Thomashillier.co.uk



10 thoughts on “The Oldest Student

  1. says:

    Breathtaking book on all levels, and so inspiring Indeed, nobody is ever too old to learn What a fabulous message for children.


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    Fabulous text combines with wonderful illustrations that will engage, educate, entertainand most of all, inspire every child who reads this book I am almost 73 years old, and I want to be Mary Walker when I grow up With a sense of purpose and extreme focus, Mary pursues her dream to learn to read and writeand succeeds As a former elementary school teacher I urge every school librarian to make sure this book is part of the school library collectionand please, get than one copyyou will need it


  3. says:

    What a great start to the new year Exquisite biography of Mary Walker who was born into slavery Interesting, unique and inspiring with magnificent illustrations by Oge Mora The Oldest Student is a must have for a school, library or personal collection I love it


  4. says:

    This is the inspirational nonfiction picture book biography of how Mary Walker, a former slave, learned to read at age 116 All her life she served and worked for others An evangelist gave her a Bible and said her civil rights were in those pages She waited 101 years before she was able to read the verses Hubbard s text is captivating, and Mora s adorable illustrations bring Mary s story to life It s never too late to learn This is a wonderful story of hope and never giving up on a dream.


  5. says:

    You re never too old to learn Mary WalkerThis inspiring book tells the story Mary Walker who learned to read at the age of 116 years old Rita Lorraine Hubbard does an incredible job of sharing Mary s story with expert word choice Her words, paired with Oge Mora s stunning illustrations make this book a powerful work of art This is a beautiful, inspiring, and heart warming story of persistence and hope.


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    This is the inspiring story of Mary Walker, a woman born into slavery who learned to read at the age of 116 It s a fascinating reminder that it s never too late to learn to read and discover the magic of books Kids struggling to learn to read are sure to find this encouraging I read a digital ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss.


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    I am always amazed when I hear stories of people living beyond 100 years as they are often tenacious, with something incredible to offer the world and a determination to succeed in all they do I love people with a zest for all that life has to offer and Mary Walker certainly had that What is not to love about the story of a 116 year old woman who learns to read It is not only incredible but hugely inspirational and for children who think their mothers are ancient aged 40 years old thank you kids then 116 seems nearly impossible and the story staggering This book cannot help but have something mystical about it for children, just because of the subject matter, but in addition to that adults cant fail to be mesmerized by Mary s story as well, for we rarely imagine living that old.Written in simple, easy to access language, The Oldest Student is a great book to introduce the subject of slavery to younger students I love the fact that this book also tells the story of what happened after the abolition The difficult position they were put in, suddenly being homeless, penniless and in Mary s case fatherless yet told to leave the plantation and start a life on their own Hubbard shows readers that life was obviously hard and Mary faced many struggles that would have been faced by thousands of other freed slaves too This book is certain to open up questions for small children as it did with mine, but I am all for that Books that spark discussions in our house are the very best ones in my book One of the greatest discussions we had was over the sadness that lingers in this book Mary, outlives all of her family and only learns to read when it seems almost too late My boys felt that life had passed her by and kept saying, if only she had been able to read when she was younger This sparked yet another discussion about the rights to education and the importance of literacy for all children What you can and can t do without learning to read I was heartened by how strongly they felt about this story and its subject matter It just showed what a powerful book this is and how well written and illustrated it was.On that note the illustrations are delightful They too are simple like the language style with defined outlines and block colours A beautiful combination of paint and paper layered on thickly textured backgrounds which add depth and interest The colour palette is muted and, yet the contrast between the blues and yellow is striking Each spread has a warmth to it and despite the melancholy there is a feeling of hope throughout Hubbard ends the story with writing as thoughtful and lyrical as poetry and lifts our spirits to fly like the birds Mary so adored This book is truly moving, inspirational and teaches children to never give up on their dreams, no matter what the odds My boys and I would highly recommend this book to anyone


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    Born a slave in the mid 1800 s, Mary was not allowed to learn to read Even when emancipation came, she was unable to learn to read because she and all of her time was used in making very little money When a group of evangelists gave her a Bible, she promised herself that one day she would be able to read it All three of her sons births were recorded in that Bible by other people who could read and write Mary could only leave her mark by the words After a lifetime of hard work, Mary became too old to sharecrop any longer and took on other jobs like cleaning and babysitting At well past ninety years old, Mary s sons read to her but they each passed away, her oldest son dying at age ninety four Mary lived on and learned of reading classes taught in her building She spent the next year learning to read, and finally could read at age 116 She was awarded the title of the nation s oldest student by the US Department of Education and went on to receive many gifts, some from Presidents of the United States Hubbard cleverly fills in the details of Mary Walker s early life since very little is known about it It is a fact that she had her Bible for over 100 years before she could actually read it It is also a fact that she learned to read that quickly Chattanooga, Tennessee gave her the key to the city twice in the 1960 s and has a historical marker in her name Her life stands for the ability to learn at any age, the resilience of surviving slavery, and the power of the written word to bring opportunity into your life Beautifully, the book doesn t need to lecture on any of those values, Mary s life simply speaks on its own.Mora s art is done in mixed media of acrylic paint, marker, pencil, paper and book clippings She uses a heavily textured and painted background in some images that sweeps the sky across the pages In others, patterns and words fill the space offering glimpses of her future long before she could actually read.This picture book based on a true story is inspiring Appropriate for ages 5 7.


  9. says:

    It is always inspiring to read authentic stories about overcoming illiteracy, about fulfilling a lifelong will to read This true story of Mary Walker, born enslaved in 1848, has many gaps in her long life The Bible she was gifted has served as documentation of her major life landmarks marriage, birth of children even though she was unable to read or write throughout her life She understood the value of written records and duly added her personal mark to each entry in her Bible Mary and her family lived their lives in the South, where she lived a hardscrabble life of injustice and struggle, but carried her Bible to church on Sundays and joined in the singing, even though she couldn t read a word in it or in the hymnals.By the time she was 114 years old she had outlived every other family member, but had still not learned to read or write and was saddened that a lifetime of meangless scribbles and wiggles in print remained a puzzle to her Mary may have felt untaught, but not unable to learn She joined a reading class in her senior living center and began a dedicated effort to become a reader and writer Mary lived to 121 years old, winning attention from presidents and the general public She missed family members but took comfort in being able to read the words of her Bible From her earliest enslaved years in the fields to an amazing flight in an airplane during her latest years of life, she reveled in the ability to fly free, which reading finally provided This is among the most inspiring stories I ve encountered in recent years, and that would be true if only from the facts about Walker s remarkable life When restrained but compelling narrative style of the text combine with the gorgeous illustrations acrylic paint, china marker, collage with patterned paper and print clippings Mary Walker s well documented story comes to life wth the flair of the cakes she baked until her final years light as a feather and delicious


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    The notion of someone learning to read after passing the century mark is one that will surely captivate youngsters Told in a charming way as the author asserts just how much Mary Walker clearly wanted to learn to read, this picture book serves as an amazing true example of persistence and determination Born a slave in 1848, Mary dreamed of being free and learning to read But as often happens, life and circumstances intervened, and even after she was free, she just never found the time to learn this skill and crack the alphabetic code Finally, after her first and second husband and her children had all died and she was living in a retirement home, she decided that the time had come At 114, she started attending a reading class, and after several months of hard work, at the age of 116 yes, 116 she could at last read all those squiggles on street signs and in the Bible Created with acrylic paint, china marker, colored pencil, patterned paper and book clippings, the illustrations are striking and follow Mary s journey effectively Because this is based on a true story and an actual woman living in Chattanooga, Tennessee until her death in 1969 at 121, young readers may find inspiration in her experiences and determination as they face challenges of their own, even with their own literacy struggles Just as she did in her earlier Hammering for Freedom The William Lewis Story, the author has chosen to highlight another fascinating bit of history and an individual well worth knowing I was struck almost silent by the realization that Mary Walker s life spanned twenty six different Presidencies Not only is that a lot of different men and decades, but it s a lot of political and social changes that this woman lived through.


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The Oldest Student Imagine Learning To Read At The Age Of 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 AuthorIn , Mary Walker Was Born Into Slavery At Age , She Was Freed, And By Age , She Was Married And Had Her First Child By Age , She Had Worked Numerous Jobs, Including Cooking, Cleaning, Babysitting, And Selling Sandwiches To Raise Money For Her Church At , She Was The Last Remaining Member Of Her Family And At , She Learned To Read From Rita Lorraine Hubbard And Rising Star Oge Mora 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