Critically acclaimed author Jabari Asim and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis team up to give readers a fascinating glimpse into the boyhood of Civil Rights leader John Lewis. Even as a very young boy, John Lewis knew he wanted to be a preacher when he grew up. He wanted to be the kind of leader who could use his passionate speeches to stir hearts to change, minds to think, and bodies to take action. But why wait to grow up? At five years old, when he became the official caretaker of the sixty chickens on his family's farm, he realized he had a wonderful audience to practice on-and they became this brave Civil Rights activist's first flock, content under his watchful care and riveted by the power of his words.
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"In this children's audiobook, narrator Kevin R. Free captures the essence of Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis's childhood on a farm in southern Alabama. Listeners will hear the story of a young Lewis, one of the original Freedom Riders, as he preaches to his charges, the chickens, as part of his daily ritual of feeding and watering them. Free's performance is quite lyrical as he breaks out singing "Amazing Grace." He also evokes empathy from listeners as Lewis hopes that God will forgive his overly enthusiastic baptizing of his chicken named Li'l Pullet. This story is meant to be enjoyed with the accompanying picture book but can also be heard on its own. E.E.S. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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