With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School

With Books and Bricks How Booker T Washington Built a School Booker T Washington had an incredible passion for learning Born a slave he taught himself to read When the Civil War ended Booker finally fulfilled his dream of attending school After graduation he

  • Title: With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School
  • Author: Suzanne Slade Nicole Tadgell
  • ISBN: 9780807508978
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Booker T Washington had an incredible passion for learning Born a slave, he taught himself to read When the Civil War ended, Booker finally fulfilled his dream of attending school After graduation, he was invited to teach in Tuskegee, Alabama Finding many eager students but no school, Booker set out to build his own school brick by brick An afterword gives detailed iBooker T Washington had an incredible passion for learning Born a slave, he taught himself to read When the Civil War ended, Booker finally fulfilled his dream of attending school After graduation, he was invited to teach in Tuskegee, Alabama Finding many eager students but no school, Booker set out to build his own school brick by brick An afterword gives detailed information on how the school was built.

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  • Washington built Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, by hand, crafting brick by brick. The initial effort after making 25,000 bricks failed when the kiln broke. This happened not once, not twice, but three times! The fourth attempt proved successful and then Washington and his students could begin construction. And that is only part of the story friends."Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which he has overcome while tryin [...]


  • First sentence: From sunrise to sunset, young Booker worked hard. He carried water to the fields. He carried corn to the mill. He carried rocks from the yard. All day long, Booker lugged heavy loads with a heavy heart because he was a slave.Premise/plot: This picture book biography of Booker T. Washington focuses on his mission of education. He believed that education would lead to empowerment and freedom and opportunity. Most of this one focuses on his work to literally build a school: working [...]


  • With Books and BricksPlot/personal response: With books and Bricks, we learn about Booker and what his life entailed. He was a slave and lugged heavy loads around. But, one day things changed for him. Rather than having to lug loads around one day he had to carry books for the master’s daughter. He wanted to read more than anything but, felt his dream was impossible. Once the war was over he was free. He wanted a book and in some miraculous way his mom got him an old Webster’s spelling book. [...]


  • Title: With Books and BricksAuthor: Suzanne SladeGenre: BiographyDescription: This book details the triumph that Booker T. Washington finally obtained after all the hard work it took to build his school. Although he was given no opportunity to learn anything in school, he took it upon himself to teach himself to read. Once Booker got a job in the mines he started saving money so he could build a school of his own one day. He first started teaching in a run-down shed, but realized he would have t [...]


  • Review originally posted on Children's AtheneumBooker T. Washington loved to learn. Born a slave and self-taught, Washington's dream of attending school went further than anything he imagined. After taking on a teaching job in Tuskegee, Alabama, Washington finds many eager students but no school. Working together, Washington and his students built the school--brick by brick. It was a lot of work. Some wanted to give up. But Washington knew how important it was and, as with everything, he made hi [...]


  • Booker T. Washington is a well-known historical figure, but the story of how he built the Tuskegee Institute “brick by brick” is not quite as common. This book brings that story to light in a picture book format. Starting life as a slave, Washington experienced the inequities between white children who could attend school and learn to read versus slaves like him who could not. When the Civil War ended, Booker worked hard to educate himself and when an invitation to teach black children in Tu [...]


  • Young Booker T. Washington was nine and living in West Virginia when slaves were freed, but it wasn’t until he was sixteen that he began to fulfill his dream of attending a school for black students. In the intervening years, he worked in the mines to help support his family while teaching himself to read. Less than five years after his graduation, he traveled to Tuskegee, Alabama, to teach young blacks himself. The small, ramshackle wooden building provided quickly proved insufficient to hous [...]


  • Biography of Booker T. Washington that focuses on how he created the Tuskegee Institute by literally making the bricks for the first building--they had shacks and a barn until it was built. Goes from his childhood to the founding of Tuskegee. All quotes are cited and sourced. Beautiful watercolor/pencils illustrations; I liked how the front cover shows the young BTW arriving at school, a dilapidated shack, and on the back cover, the illustration is BTW proudly standing in front of the completed [...]


  • A true story of perseverance, this book focuses on Booker T. Washington's faithful efforts to build the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute. Washington pursued education after slavery ended and gave his all to ensuring other African Americans were educated. The text is well suited to juvenile audiences and the message is one that children need to hear: never give up in pursuit of your dreams. Watercolor artwork adds to the story's drama. Back matter includes: more about Booker, a bibliograp [...]


  • "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed." - Booker T. Washington. Booker T. Washington realized that even though slavery had ended, he could only truly be free with an education. He built a school brick by brick in order to give others a chance, too. Amazing. I enjoyed the watercolor illustrations.


  • The man on the cover is definitely Barack Obama but luckily I like him too. And my great x4 grandfather was reduced to "folks from a small town in Alabama" who "invited him to teach there" but this is a children's book so I can let that slide. But for anyone who doesn't know the story about all he went through to get his own education and how he and the students literally built this school themselves, this is a great sort of summary.


  • This is a simple and straightforward biographical account of the events in Booker T Washington's life that lead to the building of his school in Tuskegee, Alabama. I found the details to be enough to fill the story and yet not so much that it seemed didactic. This would be a beneficial picture book format to add to the biography section of the school library. I'll be getting a copy for my school.


  • This is a wonderful picture book biography about Booker T. Washington. He fought for education his entire life; first to educate himself and then to educate others. This book details how he built his dream school brick by brick until the Tuskegee Institute became want it needed to become.


  • A really inspiring story, but would be a bit long for younger audiences. I think it would be perfect for a 3rd, 4th, or even 5th grade teacher to read aloud to students. I had heard of Booker T. Washington, but I didn't really know his story. Now I'm even more intrigued!


  • It would have been more enjoyable if they had pictures of the kiln that Washington used to make the bricks as well as photos of the first building that was built on Tuskegee campus. Still a good read, but there seemed to be some lacking in its' pages.


  • An inspiring account of Booker T. Washington's quest to ensure a proper education was available for everyone. I loved that he never gave up despite numerous setbacks and insurmountable obstacles. Truly, knowledge is power and that gave him strength.


  • Lovely watercolor illustrations make this story come alive in contrast to the very matter of fact text.



  • What a remarkable story! What a man!! Love the story - the pics good - not sure this will grab students' attention. But awe-inspiring!


  • What a wonderful introduction to an important historical character, focusing on one lesser known aspect of Booker T. Washington's life. The illustrations are evocative and beautiful. Well done!


  • Truly an inspirational story of Booker T. Washington don't think I knew that he literally built Tuskeegee University from the ground up so well written



  • Taught me some facts that I didn't already know. Informative. His story is inarguably a good one to share with students/kids of all ages.


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