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Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem

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A Newbery and Coretta Scott King honoree delivers this poem that commemorates the life of an 18th-century Connecticut man who was a husband, a father ... Show synopsis

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MSEnglishTeacher

Wonderful

by MSEnglishTeacher on Jan 31, 2008

Marilyn Nelson is quickly becoming one of my favorite poets. Fortune's Bones tells the story of a slave owned by a doctor. Upon the man's death, the doctor saves his skeleton as a teaching tool. The poems are emotional and powerful. Appropriate for sharing with 8th graders or higher.

The Pageturner

Enslaved Bones Tell Unknown Story

by The Pageturner on Jul 15, 2007

Again, Marilyn Nelson has achieved the art of telling a life thorugh poems. In a musical style, she uncovers the little known story of an enslaved Black man and the deragatory treatment of his living body and of his bones in death. This children's book is both informative and packed withmany emotions. The images in the book placed next to the poems link both history and figurative language. "Fortune's Bones", although poetry, is fantastic enough to match narratives of enslaved people of Afrikan descent.

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