The Golden Pathway is a heart-gripping childrenís story written by Donna
M. McDine with illustrations by K.C. Snider. This story takes place during the
dreadful days when people were allowed to own slaves and abuse them. A boy named
David lives on a farm with his ma and pa. His pa is a mean soul and owns a slave
named Jenkins who is just sixteen years old and works in the cotton fields for
him. One night, David hears the terrible screams of agony coming from the barn
where Jenkins is being whipped by Pa. David feels a great amount of compassion
for Jenkins and knows that slavery is wrong. David is compelled to do everything
in his power to help Jenkins because he knows he will soon die from the
continual beatings. David will have to find incredible strength and courage to
help Jenkins escape slavery and to stop the horrible beatings and torture
inflicted upon him unjustly.
The Golden Pathway is written specifically for children 8-12 years old and is
written perfectly to their level of understanding. It is easy to comprehend and
the plot flows smoothly. The illustrations are beautifully depicted and
complement the wording immensely. I found this story to be powerful, inspiring
and something that will provide children with a valuable lesson about slavery
and freedom as part of American History. I can see this book also providing a
valuable tool for children to ask questions and bring about important
conversation. I feel strongly that this book is a must read for all children
ages 8 and up.--Reviewed by Rita V for Readers Favorite
written by Donna M. McDine and illustrated by KC Snider, is an
inspiring story of a young boy, named David, who helps his father's
slave escape to freedom.
The Golden Pathway is a tale
of compassion and courage. This book earns the Children's Literary
Classics Seal of Approval, a designation reserved for those books
which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Children's
Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals
with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and
graphic design.-- LJ Bryant, VP Review Department, Children's
Literary Classics, firstname.lastname@example.org
"Abused by a callous father, David, a sensitive boy, knows by his kind and compassionate nature, the difference between right and wrong. When he observes his fatherís cruel and constant punishment of Jenkins, a sixteen year old slave, David knows he must save him. But, how?
Follow David as he tends to Jenkinsí wounds from País relentless beatings. And be there as David gathers information as to how a slave can make his way to freedom, a dangerous undertaking for the brave and caring boy.
Award winning childrenís author, Donna McDine, has produced a powerful story of good and evil, a must read for every child. She defines, in a beautifully written and poignant way, one manís inhumanity to man and the redeeming qualities of his son.
The author also provides the reader with a strong bibliography and an interesting Authorís Note section, giving insight into the various terms used during the Underground Railway years.
The well known Oregon artist, K.C. Snider, has done heroic work with her illustrations. They are not only realistic, but timeless. They provide a compelling backdrop to the authorís commanding prose. She gives one a tender glimpse into a world gone mad, where one boy stands alone and makes a difference."--
Nancy Stewart, author of Amazon Bestseller "One Pelican at a Time: A Story of
the Gulf Oil Spill"
Many clever and creative ideas helped slaves during their escape and
The Golden Pathway reminds us all about the importance of the cloaked gateway to freedom and those who were sympathetic to many enslaved in their flights to freedom. This daring escape puts you right in David's shoes as he risks his life to help someone outrun slavery. A tale sure to inspire anyone who doubts their own courage.
--Reviewed by: Lori Calabrese, award-winning author and National Children's Books Examiner ~
The fine illustrations by K.C Snider made the story come alive. The expressions on Davidís face exemplified the compassion he showed toward Jenkins. I am especially fond of the picture of David trying to comfort Jenkins after being beaten to a pulp by his Pa. Ms. Sniderís illustrations captured the true essence of the story and that is why the story jumps off the page. Reading
The Golden Pathway made me stop to think about all the kind-hearted people who helped many slaves and made it possible for them to escape.
--Reviewed by: Nicole Weaver ~ Article first published as Book Review: The Golden Pathway by Donna McDine on Blogcritics.
Donna McDine's book The Golden Pathway is a poignant tale of sorrow and abuse and how one boy rises above it all to stay true to his humanity. Set in the time of slavery in the South, young David witnesses cruelty on a daily basis. Despite enormous risk to himself, he feels compelled to help a young slave named Jenkins. Learning of a secret society that helps slaves to escape, David sets his plan in motion. But will it be in time? The Golden Pathway is a wonderfully-written children's book that accurately reflects the thoughts and actions of the time period. A must read for any student of history.--Jennifer Swanson, Award-winning Author of the Penny and Rio series
Twelve-year-old David lives with
his parents on their farm in the south, during the time of slavery in the US.
David can never please his Pa, who ridicules him when he displays weakness, and
calls him sissy. Worse, Pa routinely and savagely whips the slaves, including
sixteen-year-old Jenkins. Appalled at these beatings, David determines to help
The story resonates on all levels. K. C. Sniders' illustrations are dramatic and
emotionally charged, and enhance the story beautifully. The way Jenkins is
depicted especially pulled on my heartstrings. David's empathic character is
I highly recommend The Golden Pathway to teachers, parents, and children. The
story will be a valuable part of any classroom studying slavery in the US. In
addition to being a good introduction to the history and life of the time, it
will generate good discussion about the era, making it a valuable addition for libraries. The Golden Pathway is a beautifully written tale of courage,
conscience, and compassion. Five big stars. It's a gem.--Reviewed By A. R. Silverberry Award-Winning Author of Wyndano's Cloak
Award winning children's author,
Donna M. McDine, has written a book targeted to kids from 8 to 12 years old that
teaches about our American history during the turbulent time of slavery. The
Golden Pathway is a beautiful example of what children's literature can be when
presented in an interesting and artistic manner.
Illustrations in The Golden Pathway are especially thought provoking and
will no doubt encourage visual thinking, conversation and a desire to find out
more about this riveting time in history. McDine tells the story beautifully
about the Underground Railroad and a young boy who overcomes his abusive past to
help a slave flee to freedom.--Lauren Smith is editor for the Virtual Book Review Network -
This beautifully illustrated book
is about a boy, David, who knows that his father's cruelty towards his slaves is
wrong. He risks his father's wrath to help 16-year-old Jenkins by dressing his
wounds after being beaten, again, by David's father. David's decision and
bravery to help Jenkins escape brings to life this story of how slaves were
helped by others to find their way to freedom.
A brilliantly written story suggested for ages 8-12 can be enjoyed by any age.
The illustrations are large and bold, and support the story, creating interest
and excitement. I personally enjoyed the story. I live very close to where the
Underground Railroad ran and every day while riding to school, we passed a
safe-house that was used to help those on their way to freedom.
I highly recommend this book. It would be a wonderful addition to any home
school living history program.
--Reviewed by Tweezle
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