William H Armstrong
A landmark in children’s literature, traces the keen sorrow and abiding faith of a poor African-American boy in the nineteenth-century South. The boy’s father is a sharecropper, struggling to feed his family in hard times.Night after night, he and his great coon dog, Sounder, return to the cabin empty handed. Then one morning, almost like a miracle, a sweet-smelling ham is cooking in the family’s kitchen. At last the family will have a good meal. But that night, an angry sheriff and his deputies come, and the boy’s life will never be the same.
I’m pretty sure I read this children’s classic when I was younger as I read on, the story was all to familiar. Sounder(Newbery winner 1970) is a sad yet beautiful novel of an African-American family two hundred years ago. The sharecropping family struggled for every meal put on the table. The boy’s greatest joy is his dog Sounder, until he meets a man far from home while searching for his father.
Is it luck or God’s will that the man was a school teacher and invites the boy to attend? His mother calls it “a sign”, that the lord has come to my boy. Having your child leave home to attend school was a huge sacrifice on families at this time living on a farm.
It is a deeply touching story, of one family’s hardships and loss, one that I was happy to read again! Do you remember reading this book in school? Did you enjoy it? Thanks for stopping by…
Time to fo find my next Newbery the my list!
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