ISBN: 1524768286
EAN13: 9781524768287
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 7, 2020
Pages: 40
Dimensions: 0.511811" H x 11.33858" L x 9.409449" W
Weight: 1.022945 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

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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 unbelivable and 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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   Inspirational book about becoming literate at any age….even 116 years old.
It's a beautiful story of a woman that lived a very long time, said Goodrich. She was born in 1897 and learned to read by herself at the age of 116. She was twice married, had three sons and outlived all of them. She had a strong desire to read and was especially good at it when people were young. The book was purchased for my 5 year old granddaughter. It's a children's book, but the book is age appropriate for anyone 5 to 120. The books are well written and illustrated by Robert Hein.
 
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   Love, love, LOVE this true story!
As a retired teacher of 35 years, I believe in the importance of literacy at every level. This beautiful example of a precious lady that never gave up on her dream to learn to read, Bernadette Peters writes. What a blessing and a wonderful lesson this is to not only children, and adults, but for teachers that try so hard to teach the love of books and reading, Ms. Booher said. The joy this story brought to me as a 61-year-old was indescribable. I spent my childhood, teaching career and then retiring loving the smell of a new book. I was not a good reader in elementary school but with a good teacher, Marilyn Roberts, I learned I could read with good comprehension. May God continue to bless Mary Walker's legacy.
 
5
   Sweet Story!
Brand new condition, in excellent condition, with no visible stains. When they struggle with a concept in their reading, I remind them to think about Mary Walker and to let her story help us keep going and not give up, he said. I purchased this book with the intent of reading it to my students, although I have a few that could read parts of the book with some help, Mr. Dhaliwal said.
 
5
   Learning to Read When You're Over 100
The book tells the story of a free black woman who was not allowed to read and how she persevered until she was able to do so. What a story!
 
5
   Mary Walker learned to read....a true story
It was perfect for my fourth-grade daughter to read as a mystery reader. I was able to video record me reading the book and reveal who I was at the end of the video. Young readers, especially those with disabilities, should take the time to read this story. It is a true story of history and life lessons that our children need to know. The illustrations are so good, the story is told. I highly recommend this book.
 
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   It's Never Too Late!
I didn't know about Mary Walker's death until I found this book. She is also the oldest person in the US who learned to read at the age of 116. Beautifully illustrated by first-time book illustrator Nikia Lemmon, the story follows Lemmon's lifelong quest to become a reader. It is sure to not only impress your students but inspire them to follow their dreams no matter how long it takes!
 
5
   My 3rd graders have loved it!!
It hits on content that has made my students think deeper and make connections. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and the details are just gorgeous. We're thrilled with the outcome, said Blair. It's great to be back home, said Dr. Julie Dhaliwal, "Absolutely recommend to everyone." It's great to be back home, said Blair.
 
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   So inspiring
Nobody is ever too old to learn, he said. What a fabulous message for children, Mrs Clinton said. I had never heard of Mary Walker, but I am glad I know her story and that children will too.
 
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   So many awesome take-aways!
I love the story. It reminds me of my grandfather who I taught to read at age 70. I became an educator because I wanted to help others, he said. This story inspired me to continue spreading the message that there is not an achievement gap for black and brown children... there is an OPPORTUNITY GAP. A great deal of work, said Dr. Goin. Bravo has done a fine job of capturing the zeitgeist.
 
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   Triumphant Story of an Overcomer!
His life was shattered by a bullet that killed his wife and left him "a broken shell." Beautifully written, this book is a delight to read. I cannot begin to describe how thrilled my children were when they saw the ending of the story. Mary Walker's life opened up thoughtful discussions about history, slavery, education, and celebration, Raymond said. Even though we're not the biggest, we're pretty good at it."
 
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