the golden pathway by donna m. mcdine, a review + a giveaway

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I received an interesting parcel from the mail last Monday + look what I’ve got ~ another book to review. + for a welcome change, it is a children’s books this time! 🙂

The Golden Pathway, written by award-winning author Donna M. McDine, is a 22-page hardbound book  {I finished it in a matter of minutes :)} that depicts the story of slavery + the Underground Railroad in America back in the days. This is A Literary Classics Award Winning Book + also has the Seal of Approval by the Children’s Literary Classics.


Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold + befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa. Fighting against extraordinary times + beliefs, David leads Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety + possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.

About the Author:

Donna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th + two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions. Donna’s stories + features have been published in many print + online publications + her interest in American History resulted in writing + publishing The Golden Pathway. She is currently working on her second book, The Hockey Agony, which will be published soon.

The book tells about the interesting journey David has to make to be able to help the slave, Jenkins, flee to freedom from slavery + abuse from David’s own father. Follow the story as his day unfolds figuring out how to finally set the slave free in between helping him whenever his own father punishes him. The classic story of a self-less little man who only wants to help a friend in need.

The Golden Pathway is a straight-forward + heart-warming story that will tug at every reader’s heartstrings. For a delicate topic, with suggested age reader of 8 to 12, I love the way the author was surprisingly able to narrate it in a ways that its targeted audience will understand + relate to. References on phrases + terms + culture pertaining to that specific era also gives its readers a glimpse of how things used to be in those day. It achieves its purpose perfectly, to educate its readers about slavery + to invoke in them that feeling of standing up against it no matter what.

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one of the lovely one-page illustrations

I give The Golden Pathway 5 bookmarks {which is the highest in my book}, as it not only aims to entertain its readers but educate them on a very important lesson in history, as well. Add to that the beautiful illustration by K.C. Snider, which only made the book even more enjoyable. I also love that it is just long enough for one reading session with your children + I cannot wait to read this to my little man when he gets a little bigger.

For more information about Donna McDine + her books, visit Donna McDine website + follow her on Twitter.

Donna was so generous she event sent me these goodies along with a printed copy of the book:

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a postcard + a bookmark. ?

+ to make it even better, Donna will be sending a printed copy, together with a Teacher’s Manual Guide + a Lap Book, to one lucky reader of this blog. Simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget to earn entries + qualify. The giveaway will run until 29 February + is open worldwide. Good luck 🙂

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  1. Happy to join this contest Vix, my son loves to read historical stories! I hope I can completely and successfully finish the required mechanics though. Haven’t been successful before. 😉

  2. Entered the Golden Pathway giveaway. Love children’s books and giving them as gifts. Every child should be encouraged to read. So thank you very much for this giveaway.

    1. it is such a great book, really! am not sure, though, if it is available in local bookstores. but i hope you join my giveaway to get a chance to win your very own copy 🙂

    1. you are most welcome, Donna, thanks for sending me a copy in the first place. I love the book + it is something parents ought to be letting their little ones to read… 🙂

    1. it is an interesting read, something the little ones will both enjoy + learn from…hope you join my giveaway, too, for a chance to win a copy 🙂

  3. woowwwwoooowweeee!!

    i sure to love this book..lemme join this!!! whew!!!

    can i blog about this too sis?


    1. please join sis, Gagay + don’t forget to blog about it, you will earn 10 extra points on the giveaway if you will! I hope you will invite your other readers to join in, too!

      Thanks 🙂

      1. thankie thankie sis..i’m working on my post now..this is a great giveaway..thankie thankie for this opportunity sis!!! 😀 😀 😀

  4. waaaaaaaah!!! sa sobrang excited, di ko pa nabasa ang RC details, nagcomment na ako na i-ba-blog ko am joining!! hope to win..super like this talaga!!!

  5. What a great giveaway! I think this book sounds fantastic. I love being able to teach these values to my children through reading. Thanks for this!

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