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This book should be on every teacher’s shelf. It explores how the oldest student gained her title, and the struggles that she had to endure. I think children and adults alike can learn something from this book. I think that children that read this book will be surprised that someone much older than them was able to overcome the challenge of learning how to read. I know as an adult, I gained a further appreciation for my ability to read and to write. This is definitely a story that should be shared and read over and over again.
I love finding picture books about a person you’d never meet or know about unless an author researched and wrote a book. Mary Walker lead a hard life: from slavery to free. She always want to read, but there was no time. She finally learned to read in her 100’s! A wonderful book about hope and perseverance.
I only wish I had the money to purchase this book for EVERY classroom in America! As a retired teacher of 35 years in Florida, I believe in the importance of literacy at EVERY level! What a beautiful example of a precious lady that NEVER gave up on her dream to learn to read! 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...obviously myself included!!! Can't express the joy this true story brought to me as a 61 year old. I spent my childhood, teaching career, as well as retirement 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 (although slowly til this day), with good comprehension! May God continue to bless Mary Walker's legacy❤️
This book exceeded my expectations!! There are SOOO SOOO many beautiful lessons to learn from Mary Walker’s life!!! Every student should hear this story! Also, aside from the illustrations in the book, there are photographs of Mary at different times in her life at the front and back of the book.
I got this to read to my students. They absolutely loved it and had so many questions! I showed it to my coworkers and everyone wanted to borrow it. This story which is true was a great display of dedication and resilience!
Sometimes my new books are delivered with crumpled/bent pages. I am happy to report this one was handled properly. My students enjoyed the book filled with beautiful illustrations and a universal theme of persevering to achieve a goal!
It’s a beautiful story of a woman that lived a 120 years. She learned to read at age 116 years old. The woman was born a slave, married twice, had three sons, and outlived all of them. She had a strong desire to read….reading gives people freedom. I purchased this book for my 5 year old granddaughter. It’s a children’s book, but the book is age appropriate for anyone age 5 to 120.. The books is very well written with good illustrations.
THE OLDEST STUDENT: HOW MARY WALKER LEARNED TO READ is a beautiful story of one woman's determination to become literate. The layering of facts, beautifully illustrated two-page spreads, and the unwritten message of "the importance of literacy" are beautifully woven into an amazing story by author Rita Hubbard and illustrator Oge Mora. It's a must-read. Both the reader and the listener will enjoy this enlightening story.