The Listeners Book



Did you know that today (Sept 22) is the day that the Emancipation Proclamation was announced?  In honor of that event we are participating in a Virtual Release of a great book called The Listeners which is published by Sleeping Bear Press.  First a little about Sleeping Bear Press:


Since our first success with The Legend of Sleeping Bear (Official Children’s Book of Michigan) in 1998, Sleeping Bear Press has impressed young readers, parents, teachers and booksellers with high-quality, beautifully illustrated picture books. As a small regional publisher based in Chelsea, Michigan, we’re proud to say that readers throughout the country know us by name. Our authors and illustrators are visiting more schools and bookstores than ever before. Our books have inspired sterling reviews, won awards, have been featured in presentations and even found their way under the White House Christmas tree. No matter our size, our goal remains the same: Provide books that enrich children’s lives through stories that blend entertaining text with educational content..

Now, a decade after the publication of The Legend of Sleeping Bear, our list has continued to grow and expand. In addition to our widely known Discover America Sate-by-State series, we have more than six different series including our Tales of Young Americans and our newest series Tales of the World.



What is The Listeners about?

Sleeping Bear Press is proud to present The Listeners (ISBN: 978-1-58536-419-0) releasing September 15, 2009. This addition to our Tales of Young Americans series brings another important period of American history home to young readers and their families. In this award-winning Series, pivotal moments in American history are shared through the experiences of memorable, young characters.

Through the voice of a young girl, the heartbreaking story of life as a slave in the American South is told. Ella May lives on a plantation but she doesn’t live in the great house. It is dark in the morning when Ella May heads to the fields to pick cotton and it is sunset when she comes home. But that is when her most important work begins.

Each night, Ella May and her friends secretly listen outside the windows of their master’s house. The lives of the slaves depended on the inclinations of their owners. They had no control over their daily lives or their futures, but when the promise of freedom is uttered, the children are the first to hear it.

My take:  I think this book is wonderful.  I love how it is written from a child’s viewpoint and the illustrations are just gorgeous.  This will be a must read for my boys when they get a little older!  I also like that Sleeping Bear Press has a free down loadable teacher’s guide which is also a great guide for parents!

The Listener retails for $17.95 and is available at Barnes & Noble and  Amazon.




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