Follow the Drinking Gourd

Dewey: 813.6
This title covers these subjects:  Underground railroadSlavery -- United StatesSongs

Follow the Drinking Gourd: An Underground Railroad Story (Hardcover)

Picture Window Books
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.

Reading Level: 2-3
Interest Level: 2-4
Lexile Level: 480L
Accelerated ReaderATOS Level: 3.5
AR Points: 0.5
AR Quiz Number: 152459
Early Intervention Level: 24

ISBN:  9781404873759 / 1-4048-7375-9
Publisher:  Picture Window Books
Brand:  Nonfiction Picture Books
Copyright: 2013
Language: English
Page Count:  24
Page Dimensions:  8 x 10
Binding:  Reinforced Library Binding

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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.

September 19, 2012

Wanted Readers blog - Ashna

My 6 year old daughter, Jessie, and I read this together. We both loved it.

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.

August 9, 2012