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Follow the Drinking Gourd

By: Jeanette Winter
Format: Hardcover
Imprint: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780394896946
11/19/1988 - $17.99
Categories: Ethnic - African American, Historical - United States - 19th Century, Historical - United States - Civil War Period (1850-1877),

Illus. in full color. "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 picturebook format."--(starred) Booklist.