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THE OLDEST STUDENT How Mary Walker Learned to Read

Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Nikki M. James

Children Ages 4-6 • 15 mins. • Unabridged • © 2020

Nikki James's narration enriches this unforgettable real-life story of patience and determination. Mary Walker always believed that she would learn to read, but when? Born into slavery in 1848 Alabama, emancipated at 15, married twice, raised three children, always, always working--she didn't have time to learn how to decipher those "squiggles" in her Bible. Ultimately, with no family left to read that Bible to her, Mary decided it was time to learn to read herself. She was 116, the nation's oldest student. James's bright, clear voice perfectly captures Mary's lifelong, tenacious spirit. Accompanied by hauntingly beautiful music and creative sound effects, her engaging narration is storytelling magic. Listeners of all ages may want to view the picture book's award-winning illustrations to enhance this compelling audio experience. S.A.A. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2021]

Book & Recording • Weston Woods Studios • 2021

CD ISBN $29.95 • One CDs

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