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Follow the Drinking Gourd: An Underground Railroad Story
This title covers these subjects: Underground railroad, Slavery -- United States, Songs
Follow the Drinking Gourd: An Underground Railroad Story
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Follow the Drinking Gourd: An Underground Railroad Story


Illustrated by Robert Squier

Follow the Drinking Gourd is an American folk song from the 1920s. Legend has it that a man called Peg Leg Joe taught slaves the song to help them escape to freedom. They used the constellation the Big Dipper and the North Star to guide the way.

 
Dewey813.6
GenreInformational
  
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Interest LevelGrades 2-4
GRLN
Lexile Level480L
ATOS Level3.5
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #152459
Early Intervention Level24
  
Text TypeNarrative Nonfiction
  
ISBN978-1-4048-7375-9
PublisherPicture Window Books
Copyright2013
  
Page Dimensions8" x 10"
Page Count24
LanguagesEnglish
BindingReinforced Library Binding
Hardcover
List Price: $25.99 School/Library Price
$19.49
 
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Wanted Readers blog - Ashna

"My 6 year old daughter, Jessie, and I read this together. We both loved it." - Wanted Readers blog

June 30, 2012

Hott Books blog - Regina Hott

"As we progress, it’s important to remember from where we’ve come. This book is a wonderful reminder of the wonderful people who risked thier lives to help free slaves." - Hott Books blog

August 9, 2012

Booklist Online - Charli Osborne

"In this entry in the Night Sky Stories series, Peg Leg Joe travels from plantation to plantation, singing a song with special significance to the slaves working the fields (“When the sun comes back, And the first quail calls, Follow the drinking gourd”). If the slaves listen carefully, the words provide a “map to freedom.” The song, interspersed with the story of Peg Leg Joe, is brief and repeated throughout, making for a good read-aloud and sing-along. Squier’s digitally created illustrations are eye-catching and saturated with color, often depicting the faces of Joe and the slaves illuminated by a nighttime fire. Although there is an extremely brief and simple glossary, suggested further reading and websites offer kids the opportunity to learn more on the subject of the Underground Railroad. An introduction to the book also touches on the subject and explains that “Follow the Drinking Gourd” is an American folk song." - Booklist Online

September 19, 2012

 
 
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