A Picture of Freedom – a Book Review by Marissa Reidland

Dear America: A Picture of Freedom by Patricia C. McKissack


Freedom is a strong word. Most kids don’t understand what it means. Freedom means being able to worship God. Most slaves were not allowed to worship in the 1700s. When you think your life is hard, think about slavery. If you moved too slowly, they hit you. If you moved too fast, they hit you.

I like the main character, Clotee, because she loved God and she trusted God to take care of her. Clotee was a slave and an abolitionist. She got a lot of slaves to freedom and although she was never able to get herself to freedom, she served God faithfully.

I love the “Dear America” books because all the main characters love God even when they had troubles in their lives. When we think our lives are bad, we need to remember that people in the past died from storms, winter, slavery, war, and disease because life was so hard. I have learned so much from these books about history and other people’s lives.


Marissa book review

Marissa is 10 years old and is a homeschooler who loves to read, especially “Dear America” books.

Dear America: A Picture of Freedom

From Amazon:
It’s 1859 and Clotee, a twelve-year-old slave, has the most wonderful, terrible secret. She knows that if she shares it with the wrong person, she will face unimaginable consequences. What is her secret? While doing her job of fanning her master’s son during his daily lessons, Clotee has taught herself to read and write. However, she soon learns that the tutor, Ely Harms, has a secret of his own.

In a time when literacy is one of the most valuable skills to have, Clotee is determined to use her secret to save herself, and her family.



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