The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

By Rita Lorraine Hubbard

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

Illustrated By Oge Mora

Added November 30, 2020

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. Visit Oge Mora's website. Book jacket image and book description courtesy Penguin Random House. Used with permission.

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