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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


10 thoughts on “Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley

  1. says:

    ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The Five Books That Made Me Fall In Love With Reading #1I got asked an interesting uestion recently about how I fell into the world of book blogging reading obsessively and generally being a bookworm that got me thinking My answer was fairly generic and one most of you can relate to that I've always been this way As long as I could remember I felt an affinity for books providing something that I otherwise could not achieve I was always a child in my own mind lost in the clouds of my imagination and ignoring most other things The conversation drifted to the books that impacted me the most and this one was on the short list I was 10 years old when first read this book I remember clutching my money in my hand wandering up and down the rows and rows of books trying to decide which adventure I wanted to go on and this is what I chose This is the first book that I can recall that ever took my emotions hostage I was completely and totally wrecked by it and absolutely in love I had no idea that a book could take over your soul and transport you into another life Suddenly I was a little slave girl learning to read write poetry and being an inspiration for ALL women This is a truly inspiring story and one that is never too far from the surface it's never drifted into the watery abyss of books that I vaguely remember It's seared into my memory and my heart and one I'm forever grateful for thank you for making me the bookworm I am today


  2. says:

    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 said Here you are free should be than enough to make a reader want to find out about her life Any book written by Ann Rinaldi will leave you wanting to know about the characters


  3. says:

    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 poetryI 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 back I hated the fact that he didn't


  4. says:

    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


  5. says:

    This book was among the most surprising I've ever been reuired to read in school Its freuent use of stock characters that were used in Antebellum literature to condone slavery ie 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 some way okay or justified because at the end of the day it was Americans doing itWe were presented with a particular character a negro slave who desired his freedom because he felt he was obligated to it and was therefore somehow an antagonist If the daily events in this story were real which they're actually not I would despise most everyone but him I would hate all of the whites in the book who owned slaves because they owned slaves not be content with them because they 'agreeably' owned slavesI admit that I shouldn't have expected any sort of Toni Morrison Alice Walker or Zora Neale Hurston from this book but what it provided was nonetheless ridiculous This book itself is a tale of mammies pickaninnies and the freedom lovers who own themThe dumbest part of the book was the depiction of George Washington a man who is not only described as being universally loved by his men whom he was actually known to beat but as being even remotely sympathetic to Wheatley's dream of freedom The real Washington did not even have the plaguing hypocrisies that Jefferson had; Washington owned massive numbers of slaves and always defended that as his right He made sure to sell the vast majority of them to his other family members before he died Did Washington praise Wheatley's work? Yes Did he believe in emancipation the only thing Wheatley needed than praise? NoSo when I am made to believe by the way as someone descended from slaves that I should sympathize not only with Mr Washington but with the soul holders of Mrs Wheatley I am appalledThat's not to say that the writing wasn't also of poor uality the word choice was freuently redundant and the plot itself became illogical by the endSo if you want a cutesy depiction of one of the worst institutions to ever govern man go ahead and read this If you want to know about hardship about the real Phillis Wheatley then stay far away from this farce


  6. says:

    I found this book compelling; a real page turner and read it in 3 days which meant staying up late to do soThe 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 partI would have liked to give the book 5 stars but I felt it fell short on a couple of important pointsThere is an interweaving of conjecture and fact that runs through the novel This occasionally irritates and the ending of the book whilst brought about at the right time does not sit well with the story thus farWritten in the first person the author allows the protagonist Phyllis thought processes that are clearly 21st century in nature rather than those of a child from Senegal in the 18th century It's as though the author transplanted a child of this world into the world of Phyllis some 200 odd years agoThis is not a book to read to learn of the terrible world of the slave trade although some moments are shocking and insightfulOverall a very good story and a good read about a real woman who really existed It left me wanting


  7. says:

    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 any text from Wheatley's poetry because she felt it wouldn't interest her readers I wish she had included text from the poems She should give her readers a little credit I am off to search for some of Wheatley's poems on my own


  8. says:

    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 styleAnn Rinaldi has actually written many many historical books I love how she puts her own fictional twist on most of the true stories Lulu


  9. says:

    When I picked up this book the name 'Phillis Wheatley' sounded familiar but I knew next to nothing about her Now I'm wondering how she escaped my notice for so long I'm also left wondering how many other black slaves were given both education and opportunity The Wheatleys must have been remarkable people If Phillis had been purchased by some other Bostonian what would have been her fate?This passage on pp 95 and 96 is particularly appropriate during the present time of pandemic SmallpoxThat word was as dreaded as the word 'fire' in Boston By the third week in February it had spread through town Seven well known families had it I was not allowed out Neither was Mary Shoppes and markets were closed but Nathaniel and his father went to their countinghouse Business fell off Carriages and carts rumbled outside in the streets as people fled The lieutenant governor adjourned the General Court Everything was in a state of mayhem By the last week in February the pesthouses were full Things can't get much worse Mr Wheatley said Isn't the pox enough? Now we hear that Harvard Hall has burned downThings can and will get worse if we don't get inoculated Nathaniel saidThe title doesn't really fit the story Yes there's a connection but it's subtle and forgettable


  10. says:

    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 uite 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 uickly gains recognition here and in London I really liked the way the author wrote as if we're alive in the 1770's Boston with the old English speaking and will add Ann Rinaldi from New Jersey to my list of favorite historical fiction authors