Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington
Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington

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Annotation: A biography of the former slave and inspiring educator, Booker T. Washington, describes the hardships he overcame in youth, the circumstances that challenged his efforts to learn how to read, and his triumphant pursuit of a college education.
Catalog Number: #82497
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Illustrator: Collier, Bryan,
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-08657-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-81977-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-08657-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-81977-1
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2012007265
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Genre: Biographies
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal Starred Review (Mon Oct 01 00:00:00 CDT 2012)
ALA Booklist (Sat Sep 01 00:00:00 CDT 2012)
Horn Book (Mon Apr 01 00:00:00 CDT 2013)
National Council For Social Studies Notable Children's Trade
Wilson's Children's Catalog
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 1,326
Reading Level: 4.9
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 155677 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.5 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q59558
Guided Reading Level: P
Fountas & Pinnell: P

Booker dreamed
of making friends with words,
setting free the secrets
that lived in books.

Born into slavery, young Booker T. Washington could only dream of learning to read and write. After emancipation, Booker began a five-hundred-mile journey, mostly on foot, to Hampton Institute, taking his first of many steps towards a college degree. When he arrived, he had just fifty cents in his pocket and a dream about to come true. The young slave who once waited outside of the schoolhouse would one day become a legendary educator of freedmen.

Award-winning artist Bryan Collier captures the hardship and the spirit of one of the most inspiring figures in American history, bringing to life Booker T. Washington's journey to learn, to read, and to realize a dream.


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