Reviewed by Esther Bailey.
February is Black History Month in North America and so it's a good time to read and write about some unknown black hero's from history.
The Clothesline Code is another great book from author, Janet halfmann, telling a story that I think few people will have heard of before.
It is the story of Lucy Ann and Dabney Walker and how they risked their lives to spy on the Confederate army during the American Civil War. But these two brave people were not your average spies! Having been slaves (and escaped Slavery!) they had never learned to read or write, but they still managed to devise a whole secret code using laundry on a clothesline! This was the most interesting and exciting part of the story for me and I loved how the author and illustrator showed how they came up with their plan and created their code. In the authors note at the beginning, Janet Halfmann explains that some of the scenes she had to imagine up, but they are based on factual events that really happened. I am glad she chose to include some imagined scenes and conversations, because they really helped to bring the story alive for me.
This book felt like it could be for slighter older kids than picture books usually are, but the illustations by Trisha Mason, are bight and colourful and will make it appeal to younger children, so I think it's a great book for kids 5- years-old to 10-years-old.
I think my school would love to have a copy of this book in their library because it is such an important story about bravery and using what you have been given for a greater purpose than yourself, plus both the story and the afternote teaches you about the Civil War too.
From Emily -
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