I did not know much of John Greenleaf Whitter’s life before reading this book; but wow! what an incredible man! We can all be inspired by his life. My children have really enjoyed many of the biographies in the Good and Beautiful Library so we tried this as a read-aloud, but this one did not hold their attention as well, so I continued reading it on my own. I would definitely reserve this for an older audience. The narrator’s style feels a little distant from the story and so it isn’t as grabbing as some of the other biographies we have read and loved. But John Greenleaf Whitter is a story and man everyone should know.
Who knew the many-faceted sides of John Greenleaf Whittier? Certainly not me. If you love his poetry, you’ll definitely want to read this fascinating book about his life. Besides being a poet, he was a farmer and crusader. He stood firm in his beliefs. This is a powerful book.
I can’t say enough about the beautiful writing of this book. John Greenleaf Whittier was such an inspiration, and I can see why. I highly recommend this book for parents and children alike!
John Greenleaf Whittier worked tirelessly on his father’s farm, making sure he finished the day’s work before allowing himself to pen the lines of poetry that filled his mind. Eventually, though a difficult choice, John Greenleaf Whittier risked his budding career as a successful poet, editor, and politician—and his life—to join the unpopular anti-slavery movement. As difficult as the decision was, Whittier knew that “the right must win and that duty must be done at all costs.” He dedicated the majority of his life to fighting slavery, and as a result, he lived in poverty most of his life and struggled to care for those he loved. Little did he know the poetry and legacy he left behind would touch the lives of thousands of people for decades after his death.
This book is integrated with the High School 1 Language Arts Course and is included in the High School 1 Course Set.
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