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Barracoon Adapted for Children

Updated: Jan 31




My Review:

5 stars


This is an adapted version for children, well illustrated, with great language that tells firsthand the cruelty of an Atlantic Majesty who stole him from Africa by slavers at the age of nineteen and he never saw his beloved Africa again. Historical and poignant of a remarkable moment in US History. A novel that should be in every school and have lessons dedicated to. And perfect release to pay homage to Black History Month.


Cudjo tells Hurston who noted all the details of what he saw and experienced from the start (to explain the journey) to the tragedies that befell his family. 

I love the illustrations and how the dialogue is true to Cudjo's voice. I feel like I can hear him speak. 


The book is appropriate for children and the incidents and horrors are well represented but told educationally. 

A treasure to keep and also share. 


Thank you for the free copy  @theshelfstuff @harperkids @amistadbooks @ibramxk @zoranealehurstontrust @jazzleejohnson and @storygramtours 



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From the Publisher:

In the first middle grade offering from Zora Neale Hurston and Ibram X. Kendi, young readers are introduced to the remarkable and true-life story of Cudjo Lewis, one of the last survivors of the Atlantic human trade, in an adaptation of the internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed Barracoon.

This is the life story of Cudjo Lewis, as told by himself.


Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America to be enslaved, eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis was then the only person alive to tell the story of his capture and bondage—fifty years after the Atlantic human trade was outlawed in the United States. Cudjo shared his firsthand account with legendary folklorist, anthropologist, and writer Zora Neale Hurston.


Adapted with care and delivered with age-appropriate historical context by award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi, Cudjo’s incredible story is now available for young readers and emerging scholars. With powerful illustrations by Jazzmen Lee-Johnson, this poignant work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture.


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