Spring '21

Benjamin Banneker

Astronomer and Mathematician

From the Set The Black American Journey

Eighteenth-century mathematician and astronomer Benjamin Banneker was widely known and respected in his time. Most of what he knew, he taught himself. His letter to Thomas Jefferson asked the future president to reconsider his racial prejudices. Learn about Banneker, who abolitionists would use as proof that people of any race can be equally intelligent. Additional features include detailed captions and sidebars, critical-thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.

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  • The Banneky Family
  • Benjamin the Student
  • In the Stars
  • A Plea for Freedom
  • Think About It
  • Time Line
  • Glossary
  • Further Information
  • Index
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 5
Dewey 920
Lexile 750
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level W
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781503853782, 9781503854123
Copyright 2021, 2021
Number of Pages 32, 32
Dimensions 8 x 9.5, 8 x 9.5
Graphics Full-color photographs, Historical photographs

A noteworthy review of The Black American Journey from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

To say ‘Lincoln freed the slaves’ is too simplistic to be real history. Students should learn the actual reasons for his actions. Black Americans have withstood horrific conditions throughout American history and these books speak to their heartbreaking struggles and considerable triumphs. The writing is approachable and the texts are evenhanded. Period photos, drawings, and maps are generous. Historical illustrations are devastating at times, such as a boy drinking out of a ‘colored’ water fountain or a poster advertising enslaved people for sale. Photos of archival documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation are included. Back matter includes a ‘Think About It’ box, with questions for further thought about the subject at hand. This series was clearly painstakingly researched, but one quibble is there are no source notes. VERDICT This is true Black American history everyone should know about. Highly recommended for schools and public libraries.

Author: Melissa Maupin