Saturday, April 10, 2010

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Follow the Drinking Gourd
Written and Illustrated by: Jeanette Winter

Upper Elementary and Junior High Grades

"Winter's story begins with a peg-leg sailor who aids slaves on their escape on the Underground Railroad. While working for plantation owners, Peg Leg Joe teaches the slaves a song about the drinking gourd (the Big Dipper). A couple, their son, and two others make their escape by following the song's directions. Rich paintings interpret the strong story in a clean, primitive style enhanced by bold colors. The rhythmic compositions have an energetic presence that's compelling. A fine rendering of history in picture book format."

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