More Than Anything Else
Author: Marie Bradby
Illustrator: Chris K. Soentpeit
Published in 1995 by Orchard Books
More Than Anything Else is a fictionalized story inspired by the childhood and life of Booker T. Washington. Following the Emancipation Proclamation, the young boy is awake before the sun rises each day and walks by light of a lantern to the salt works with his father and brother. Once there, they work hard all day until after the sun sets with their hungry stomachs. But nine-year-old Booker does not only hunger for food. He hungers for literature, and he desperately wants to be able to read more than anything else. In town, he sees a man reading out loud from a newspaper and he dreams of being able to do this himself. He finally has the opportunity to befriend the man, who then explains the alphabet to him. Booker’s determination is inspiring and the book shares a grand story of hope.
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