The Golden Pathway by Donna McDine is a beautiful little children’s book with a very important message of compassion, caring, and bravery. The story takes us back in time when slavery existed and introduces us to one very courageous young boy. As the story unfolds there are lovely full page color illustrations by K.C. Snider that help tell the story as well and I must say I was captivated by them as I’m sure children will be too.
David lives with his Pa and Ma on their homestead and tries very hard each day not to anger his father who seldom has a kind word for him. Worse still are the screams that come from the barn when David’s father beats their teenage slave Jenkins. Later when David should be asleep in bed he sneaks out to the barn to clean the wounds that his father has inflicted on Jenkins. David hates the unfairness of it all and can’t understand this horrible treatment. So despite his abusive father and the danger to himself David not only befriends Jenkins but also helps him escape his circumstances by leading him to safety.
This book is a wonderful teaching tool introducing children to the horrors of slavery. A parent and child can read this together and then discuss the various topics that arise throughout this book that will lead them to a better understanding of a time long past and the Underground Railway that led many to freedom. I really enjoyed the book, for despite the sobering topic there is also the hope and inspiration that comes through on every page because of the courage of this one little boy. Highly recommended!
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