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Hang a Thousand Trees With Ribbons by Ann Rinaldi

November 30, 2010
By koolkat101love SILVER, Palm Bay, Florida
koolkat101love SILVER, Palm Bay, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations."

Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons by Ann Rinaldi
Number of stars (1 to 5): 4

Poetry has come a long way since the 1700's. There was one person in particular that revolutionized poetry and that was Phillis Wheatley, the first African American poet.

In the beginning, Phillis is about to enter what Nathaniel called the “Lion's Den.” This was where it would be decided if her poetry was actually written by her. Right before she enters, there is a flashback. At first, I was confused because I didn't know what was happening, but I realized the book was telling me her journey of how she became a poet. After a few chapters, it skipped a few years and went back to the ”Lion's Den” scene. This made me even more confused. I did think how she started learning how to read and write was interesting. At first, Nathaniel thought she could read when she saw the word umbrilloes on a catalog. Phillis then told him she couldn't. A year later, she read a whole catalog at dinner and said some Latin, as Nathaniel had taught her. She also learned Greek. Nathaniel's parents were surprised and very excited.

I thought the scene where she wrote her first poem in the summer of 1766 was not that detailed. It didn't need to be. The author did a good job at giving details but not boring us with a whole ten pages of them about how and why she wrote her first poem. She only wrote a couple of short paragraphs.

I would give it four stars because it was a good book. Like I said, it was detailed but not boring. It kept you wanting to read the whole thing in one sitting. It was confusing sometimes, though. It didn't blow me away, either.

It was an interesting book, especially since Phillis wasn't raised like a normal slave, but as though she was part of the Wheatley family. Life was very different back then.

Over all, it was a pretty good book. If you want something different to read, try Hang a Thousand Trees With Ribbons.

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