Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons

Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons Kidnapped from her home in Senegal and sold as a slave in a young girl is purchased by the wealthy Wheatley family in Boston Phillis Wheatley as she comes to be known has an eager mind and it le
  • Title: Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons
  • Author: Ann Rinaldi
  • ISBN: 9780152053932
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons
    Kidnapped from her home in Senegal and sold as a slave in 1761, a young girl is purchased by the wealthy Wheatley family in Boston Phillis Wheatley as she comes to be known has an eager mind and it leads her on an unusual path for a slave she becomes America s first published black poet Strong characterization and perceptive realism mark this thoughtful portrayal Kidnapped from her home in Senegal and sold as a slave in 1761, a young girl is purchased by the wealthy Wheatley family in Boston Phillis Wheatley as she comes to be known has an eager mind and it leads her on an unusual path for a slave she becomes America s first published black poet Strong characterization and perceptive realism mark this thoughtful portrayal Booklist
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  • Ann Rinaldi

    Ann Rinaldi b August 27, 1934, in New York City is a young adult fiction author She is best known for her historical fiction, including In My Father s House, The Last Silk Dress, An Acquaintance with Darkness, A Break with Charity, and Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons She has written a total of forty novels, eight of which were listed as notable by the ALA In 2000, Wolf by the Ears was listed as one the best novels of the preceding twenty five years, and later of the last one hundred years She is the most prolific writer for the Great Episode series, a series of historical fiction novels set during the American Colonial era She also writes for the Dear America series.Rinaldi currently lives in Somerville, New Jersey, with her husband, Ron, whom she married in 1960 Her career, prior to being an author, was a newspaper columnist She continued the column, called The Trentonian, through much of her writing career Her first published novel, Term Paper, was written in 1979 Prior to this, she wrote four unpublished books, which she has called terrible She became a grandmother in 1991.Rinaldi says she got her love of history from her eldest son, who brought her to reenactments She says that she writes young adult books because I like to write them.

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  • Read this book a while ago but I had to add it to my books Ann Rinaldi is hands down my favorite historical fiction writer This book was fantastic because it introduces the reader to Phillis Wheatley, a woman who played an important role during the time period of the American Revolution The fact that she was a woman, a slave, very well educated, could read and write Latin, wrote poetry, traveled to England to meet royalty, and had Benjamin Franklin tell her to never leave England, because he sai [...]


  • I think I ve read the majority of Ann Rinaldi s historical fiction novels Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons is my favorite of her books After reading this book in eighth grade, I wrote my first research paper on Phillis Wheatley and her poetry.I really learned to admire Phillis Wheatley Her story was inspiring to me It made me want to write And of course, because it is fiction, the author added a little bit of love intrigue into the story I remember wanting Phillis love interest to love her bac [...]


  • I found this book compelling a real page turner and read it in 3 days which meant staying up late to do so.The overall story is a poignant one and the author has the sense and professionalism to devote the last chapter to letting the reader know which parts were founded in fact and which parts an elaboration on her part.I would have liked to give the book 5 stars, but I felt it fell short on a couple of important points There is an interweaving of conjecture and fact that runs through the novel [...]


  • This novel says it is a fictionalized account of Phillis Wheatley life I enjoyed the story and feel Rinaldi did well with her research on Wheatley s life That being said, I was disappointed that Rinaldi chose to add the story of Wheatley s mother being killed on the slave ship when there is no evidence to suggest that I also found it disturbing that Phillis was named after the slave ship that brought her to America I was saddened that Wheatley life ended in so much sorrow Rinaldi did not include [...]


  • There are a lot of words that would describe this book Thrilling Exciting Great Spectacular Interesting The true story of an incredible woman slave, Hang A Thousand Trees With Ribbons is both sensitively sweet and daringly exciting I loved the author s writing style.Ann Rinaldi has actually written many, many historical books I love how she puts her own fictional twist on most of the true stories Lulu


  • I read this book in five chunks for five straight nights this week and thought it was great It is written as if Phyllis Wheatley, a slave girl from Africa who is taken in by a great family in Boston, is telling her life story She has quite an interesting life, and is taught by her master s son to read, which leads to writing, which leads her to write outstanding poetry, which quickly gains recognition here and in London I really liked the way the author wrote as if we re alive in the 1770 s Bost [...]


  • I picked this up after doing a presentation on the history of African American children s literature for a class last quarter Phillis Keziah Wheatley was the first black woman to be published in America this is pre Revolutionary War we re talking Anyway, this is obviously historical fiction, though, of course, like any other book from the genre worth its weight, based on historical documents like letters, diary entries, newspaper stories, etc In the editor s note, Rinaldi explains what in the st [...]


  • Before reading this book, I had heard of Phillis Wheatley, first black American poetess, contemporary of George Washington, but that s about it This book put a face on slavery, particularly for young female readers They show Phillis as a young teenage girl, often fickle, given to crushes on the master s son and unsure of her own heart Most interesting for me was the perspective of what happens to a girl who is pampered, even spoiled by her kind owners but never considered a family member when sh [...]


  • Ann Rinaldi s Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons is a wonderful portrayal of the life and times of Phillis Wheatey, an African slave whose unusual education and writings eventually earned her freedom during the tumultuous Revolutionary War era From her nightmare aboard a slave vessel, to her early education in the home of the caring and well connected New England Wheatley family, we see young Phillis grow into a passionately literate teenager, willing to risk ostracism from the many white faces [...]


  • If I could, I would give this book 3 1 2 stars I enjoyed it for the entertainment value, but too much of the information presented is historically inaccurate I appreciate that as a historical FICTION writer, Ann Rinaldi took liberties However, this time I think too many liberties were taken.For example, in a biography I read about Phillis Wheatley, it said it is believed that Mary Wheatley was Phillis main tutor In this novel, Mary is portrayed early on as one who completely dislikes and abuses [...]


  • This book was very interesting It described the whole life of a small slave girl, Phillis Wheatley, who was captured form Africa and brought to America The book showed how Phillis changed from the beginning of the book when she just arrived in America, to the end of the book The book showed that anything is possible if you try Phillis was just a slave, but she was determined to learn to read and write, and she did learn After she learned how to read and write, she found that she had a passion fo [...]


  • What an enjoyable and informative historical fiction about Phillis Wheatley I knew her name and that she was known as America s first black poetress, but I never knew anything else Ann Rinaldi, who writes primarily for young people, works her storytelling magic again and does not disappoint As with any historical fiction, I always learn about the nuts and bolts of life at that time than I even would in a purely nonfiction book It s true again for this one Fiction reveals truths that reality obs [...]


  • This is another historical fiction novel by Ann Rinaldi focusing on Phyllis Wheatley, a girl who was kidnapped from her home in Senegal and sold as a slave She is purchased by the Wheatley family and is allowed to learn to read When the Wheatleys discover she has a gift for writing poetry, they have her perform for guests, and she is sent to England where her book is published, the first book of poetry by an African American woman Despite her accomplishments, Phillis struggles with who she is an [...]


  • I found the historical part of this book interesting It is set in Boston around the Revolution I had never considered the implications and meanings of freedom in ways that were brought to light in this book I feel like the writer was partial in her description of the main character, and I would have liked depth to the character On the other hand, I believe the writer just had some facts and was trying to put a personality to the facts, so my ideas on a different type of character probably amoun [...]


  • I enjoyed this book although I felt some of the characters were a little stock Knowing how Phillis Wheatley died made the book poignant To be saved from slavery, poverty, and ignorance, but not from racism creates a rather tragic future for Miss Wheatley In spite of and maybe because of her refined and educated upbringing, talented and erudite Miss Wheatley was still ill equipped for the harsh realities of being black in post colonial America.


  • This is one of my absolute favorite books Ann Rinaldi is a great writer I couldn t put it down This book got me interested in reading historical fiction books.





  • Hang a Thousand Tress with Ribbons by Ann Rinaldi Book Review Hang a Thousand Tress with Ribbons by Ann Rinaldi is about the first African American poetess named Keziah or known as Phillis Wheatley The story takes place in the beginning of Phillis s life, where she blossoms as an individual Also, in the mists of her life is the start of the American Revolution Rinaldi narrates the book from Phillis s point of view When you read, Rinaldi makes up her own character of Phillis Her Phillis is vain, [...]


  • This is really a 3.5 star book I loved the story and the poetic license that is necessary for a novel of this type is handled masterfully by Ann Rinaldi I always love her author s notes, she is so careful to be clear on what liberties she took and I appreciate her efforts I am fascinated by Phillis Wheatley and I am also grateful that Ms Rinaldi chose to end the story where she did and not take the reader through to the end of Phillis life The quotes to retain Then I dreamed of my mother She was [...]


  • I liked this for the most part but did find it dry in places Phillis is a fascinating person and I enjoyed this fictional look at her life while I await the Henry Louis Gates biography to become available at the library I really appreciated the author s handling of the Wheatley family and the frustration of Phillis s treatment by Nathaniel.


  • This book was among the most surprising I ve ever been required to read in school Its frequent use of stock characters that were used in Antebellum literature to condone slavery, i.e the unassuming Aunt Jemima house negro, the degenerate field negro, and for that matter, the mythical soft hearted George Washington was wholly unacceptable For that matter, the clear sacrifice of accuracy for patriotism, instilled in the children who were obligated to read this farce a belief that slavery was in so [...]


  • Torn from her native land in Africa when only a small child, Keziah arrives in Boston terrified She doesn t understand what the white people say On the voyage, she was treated inhumanely and watched her mother die Bought by Mr Wheatley for his wife, Keziah becomes Phillis Wheatley She is a slave, but the Wheatleys don t treat her so When she shows an aptitude for learning, her master s son, Nathaniel, teaches her how to read Phillis does well with her tutoring After a time, she writes a poem Thi [...]


  • This historical fictional piece discussed the life of the black poetess, Phillis Wheatley Phillis was originally captured from her birth place in Senegal, in which both her friend and mother were captured and put into slavery As slaves, they were forced unto a ship, that endured the middle passage, and landed in the US by way of Boston, MA She was sold to the Wheatley family when she was 7 years old, and did not know any English, nor could she read or write in English Phillis was taken in by the [...]


  • By Ann Rinaldi total pages 352 Hang a thousand trees with ribbons by Ann Rinaldi is the story of a slave and her life with the family who owns her This slave is a girl named Keziah which is the name she was born with, but as soon as she was bought by the Wheatley family they changed it to Phillis When Phillis was captured into slavery, she was only 7 years old she was promptly bought by the Wheatley family and began working for them in her new home Phillis was glad that she was bought by a famil [...]


  • Phyllis is a slave who was sold in 1761 She was sold by a member of her own tribe who didn t care for her brother She was sold for 72 cowrie shells Although the slavery program was run by white men, many blacks in Africa became involved in selling other blacks, such as in this case.Although Phyllis is 17 in the main part of the book, part of the book deals with her recalling what happened to her when she was sold and then shipped to the U.S on a slave ship Conditions were horrible, and her own m [...]


  • Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons is the unknown story of Phillis Wheatley and her life as the first women African American poet.Phillis was one of several slaves at the Wheatley House in Boston, MA When the Wheatley s discover her talent for writing poetry, they begin to mold her future by having her perform for important guests Eventually, Phillis is sent to England to have her first book of poetry published Although Phillis is adorned with fame, she is still troubled with her way of life Not [...]


  • I think this book was a fantastic book for young reader if they like historical fiction This book had a lot of trauma in the beginning but if got better after that In my opinion, I think this book is kinda sad and has a lot of conflict The sad part was when Phillis Wheatley, her friend, Obour, and Phillis s mother were on the ship from Africa, Senegal, to Boston Her mother got thrown off the ship, and Obour got split up in different families when the slave dealer was auctioning Obour and Phillis [...]


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