Review: The Golden Pathway by Donna M. McDine, illustrated by K.C. Snider

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, August 12, 2010
Genre: Children's Book, Slavery
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
Age: 8-12
Rating: 5 Stars for Excellent
Source: Free copy from Donna M. McDine, and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, in exchange for a review. All reviews expressed are from my own opinion.

David has grown up in the American south, pre-Civil War era. His father owns slaves that work his farm. David's father is not an honorable man, he believes his vices are hidden from family. David makes the decision to take a stand against his father's way of life, and for justice.

My Thoughts:
I love stories where the protagonist rises above mediocrity, or status-quo, or standard culture, and takes a stand for justice. David is a youth, it took courage to help those who have no voice, in order rescue an individual and even an entire race of people. David's heart is kind and thoughtful, he is respectful of people, but does not hesitate despite fear to do the right thing.
The Golden Pathway is both a historical story and a teaching story. It teaches a child they can make a difference and not just when they become a grown-up. Further, it teaches the importance of character, wisdom, and the kind of legacy we leave.
I loved the illustrations. Once again, as in the previous book by the author/illustrator, the facial expressions and postures of the people tell the story (without using words).
There are no page numbers in the book and I missed having them.

Buy the Book:

Donna McDine is a multiple award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, A Sandy Grave ~ Story Monster Approved and Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, The Golden Pathway ~ Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention, Global eBook Awards Finalist Children’s Picture Book Fiction, and Pre-editors & Editors Readers Poll 2010 Top Ten Children’s Books.
Her interest in ocean life resulted in writing and publishing A Sandy Grave (January 2014). Other books by McDine, Powder Monkey (May 2013), Hockey Agony (January 2013) and The Golden Pathway (August 2010). A fifth book is in the publishing pipeline with Guardian Angel Publishing. She writes and moms from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.
For more information please visit Donna McDine’s website. You can also connect with her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest, andGoodreads.

The Golden Pathway Blog Tour:

Monday, August 25
Review at What Is That Book About
Tuesday, August 26
Spotlight at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Wednesday, August 27
Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Wednesday, September 3
Review at Bookish
Thursday, September 4
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews
Friday, September 5
Review at Book Nerd
Review at A Leisure Moment
Monday, September 8
Review at Beth’s Book Nook
Review at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Tuesday, September 9
Interview at Closed the Cover
Thursday, September 11
Review at Impressions in Ink
Review at Historical Tapestry
Friday, September 12
Review at Just One More Chapter
Wednesday, September 17
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages


  1. Hi Annette,

    Thank you for your splendid and through provoking review of my historical fiction children's book, The Golden Pathway. I appreciate your time and interest.

    May I be so bold and ask you to post on Amazon and Goodreads. If yes, the links…



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