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Picture Book: Friends for Freedom by Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

Friends for Freedom by Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

(For those of you budding artists out there: last week on the blog, the illustrator shared some of her early sketches for this book, so be sure to check out that post.)

Friends for Freedom is non-fiction picture book about the little known friendship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. The text is simple and clear, with issues like human rights and slavery explained in accessible, but still engaging language. Soft, inviting watercolor illustrations elegantly capture fiery expressions as these two civil rights leaders passionately discuss their respective causes. (And side note–I just really love Tadgell’s illustrations of Douglass’s kids. They are so sweet and exude innocence and personality.)

The recommended age group for this book is 6-9 according to the publisher’s website, and that feels about right.  As a grown up reader (and writer), I especially appreciated the author and illustrator notes at the back explaining the research that went into this, and some may find the bibliography useful as well.

Disclaimer: This review is based on a free copy I received from the illustrator.

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