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The Day I Saw the Hummingbird is both a journey and a coming of age novel about Oscar, a nine-year-old enslaved boy traveling the Underground Railroad from a Louisiana sugar cane plantation to New York.
Author Paulette Mahurin tells this story from the perspective an adult looking back at his childhood, so we know at the outset that Oscar survives the journey. Though this approach keeps us at arm’s length from some of the emotion of the story, arm’s length may be a good place to be as events unfold and we see how vicious and violent the journey to freedom could be. In this respect, the story reminded me of the book version of Solomon Northup’s memoir “Twelve Years A Slave.”
In the course of this story, we not only learn about Oscar’s life, we also meet “conductors” on the railroad and experience a number of safe houses. With each contact, Oscar receives not only shelter and food, but also friendship and an education that includes everything from swimming, to reading and writing, to human kindness. I’ve always been awestruck by Harriett Tubman and others who put their lives on the line to help others. After reading this novel, I admire these brave souls even more. Mahurin made good use of research for this book as she has in her other historical novels.
I recommend this book for anyone wanting to know more about the Underground Railroad. Be aware, though, you’ll encounter graphic violence.
by Paulette Mahurin
One of the darkest times in human history was the insane design and execution to rid the world of Jews and “undesirables.” At the hands of the powerful evil madman Adolf Hitler, families were ripped apart and millions were slaughtered. Persecution, torture, devastation, and enduring the unthinkable remained for those who lived. This is the story of one woman who lived to tell her story. This is a narrative of how a young beautiful teenager, Helen Stein, and her family were torn asunder, ultimately bringing her to Auschwitz. It was there she suffered heinous indignity at the hands of the SS. It was also there, in that death camp, she encountered compassion, selfless acts of kindness, and friendship. Written by the award-winning, best-selling author of His Name Was Ben, comes a story of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave you thinking about Helen Stein and The Seven Year Dress for years to come after the last page is shut.Review
There’s just something about the the second world war that fascinates me, Its the stories of life and death and how people survived in terrible conditions, their strength and fortitude is inspiring. Also we need reminders of how easily things can spiral out of control, unless we have the proper checks and balances in place, so these atrocities can never happen again.“When there is life, there is a chance and reason for hope. One never knows what the future will bring, but as long as we are alive, there is the possibility for something good. Trust in the goodness and kindness of people. And no matter what, never, never give up. Make this your sustaining attitude. This can never be taken from you.”Helen is a women, who has lost everything, she is strong and smart and survives against incredible odds, Her father told her when she was very young that life was to be cherished and relished and was a precise gift that should be her highest priority.
“My heartache never stopped, but I learned to be grateful for the essentials of life: for the air in my lungs, the visions my eyes behold, and the very experience of being alive.”
This book is relatively short, but the writing delivers a powerful narrative , that makes it a compelling read.
Stanley’s freedom photo
Romeo has been rescued
Romeo’s freedom photo
Travolta has been rescued
Travolta’s freedom photo
Sophia has been rescued
Sophia’s freedom photo