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Bradby Marie More Than Anything Else Illustrated by Chris K Soentpiet Scholastic 1995More Than Anything Else is based on the childhood of Booker T Washington as told through his eyes at nine-years-old He tells of leaving his cabin before dawn to work all day shoveling salt with his father and older brother All day long we shovel it but it refuses to grow smaller Despite the community poverty and hardship theres a sense of freedom now different then life before All people are free to go where they want and do what they can What Booker wants is to read Finally he finds someone to teach him his letters and its as if hes reborn I have jumped into another world and I am savedMore Than Anything Else is intended for ages four to eight It is appropriate for these ages for two reasons the importance of reading education and an introduction to a famous African American leader Early in the school system the importance of reading is not evident Children know they are learning to read but this can be taken for granted More Than Anything Else offers a different viewpoint on education It gives the readers a new perspective through the eyes of another on how reading and education wasnt accessible to many It shows how a young boy set a goal and how he accomplished it This book also introduces readers to Booker T Washington who led the way for African-Americans to get an education More Than Anything Else tells us only a short part of Booker T Washingtons life but gives enough information to gain insight about the kind of boyman he was and why he became such an important leader as an adult This book also gives the reader a perfect starting point in which to continue to learn and read about Booker T Washington and other famous leadersThis picture book is clearly intended for children however can be
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