Jun 182021
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard
Narrated by Oge Mora

In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. At 114, she was the last remaining member of her family. And at 116, she learned to read. From Rita Lorraine Hubbard and rising star Oge Mora comes the inspirational story of Mary Walker, a woman whose long life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, and who–with perseverance and dedication–proved that you’re never too old to learn.

I loved reading about Mary Walker and her life. She was an amazing person and very determined to learn how to read and write.

Mary was born a slave on May 6, 1848 so she had a very hard life, and for a time was even a blacksmith!

Mary was emancipated at 15 yrs. old. She met a group of Evangelists and was given a Bible from a woman. She kept that Bible and wanted to learn to read it. Finally, after owning the Bible for 101 years, she learned to read and write at the age of 116. How amazing is that?

Mary was married twice, had 3 children, and she outlived them all.

I loved this book! The treatment of slaves was horrible, but Mary had a fighting spirit and her life was filled with so much more than she could have ever imagined.

I loved the illustrations.

This book should be in every elementary class room!

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  10 Responses to “The Oldest Student by by Rita Lorraine Hubbard”

  1. What an amazing woman, I bet this was so interesting and what a long life too.

  2. Sounds like she was an amazing woman.

  3. This sounds fascinating and how inspiring that she learned to read at 116! She sounds amazing!

  4. I read this with Gage last year and loved it so much! Such an inspiration!

  5. Mary Walker sounds like such an amazing, determined woman! I would love to read or listen to this. Wonderful review!

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