D Is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet

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The tapestry of American history is made up of countless threads marking the contributions of people from many different backgrounds and cultures. D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet showcases many of the remarkable achievements of and contributions from African Americans throughout our history. Evocative watercolor paintings from acclaimed artist E. B. Lewis perfectly capture the spirit of ...

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Overview

The tapestry of American history is made up of countless threads marking the contributions of people from many different backgrounds and cultures. D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet showcases many of the remarkable achievements of and contributions from African Americans throughout our history. Evocative watercolor paintings from acclaimed artist E. B. Lewis perfectly capture the spirit of each letter topic's poem and expository text.

D is for Drinking Gourd,
and the North Star that led through the night
from station to station on the Underground Railroad,
escaping on a dangerous flight.

From the bravery of the early abolitionists to the cultural legacy of the Harlem Renaissance, D is for Drinking Gourd illuminates the amazing and ongoing role the African American community has played in the shaping of our country.

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Gr 1-5
A rich and varied portrait of the African-American experience presented in an alphabet format. The words selected range from the generic, such as cowboys, politics, and quilts, to specific events and people, such as the March on Washington, the Great Migration, the Little Rock Nine, and Malcolm X. A rhyming couplet highlights the significance of the chosen term. For example, "Poetry, paintings, photography . . . the stage!/Hit songs at the top of the chart;/H is for Harlem Renaissance,/a great birth of culture and art." Lewis's powerful watercolor illustrations depict the essence of the topic. This is an inspirational look at the contributions, experiences, struggles, and triumphs of African Americans.
—Carol ScheneCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585362936
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Sleeping Bear Alphabets - Culture
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 490,115
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.26 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Great Read

    I am a teacher and I read this book to my class. They loved it! The side stories were a little too much to read in one sitting, but the main text was exciting to the kids. I recommend this book!

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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    What is a Drinking Gourd

    Without the steadfast belief of abolitionists to end slavery the United States of America would not be what it is today. D is for Drinking Gourd - An African American Alphabet brings forth the journey of freedom and accomplishments through the alphabet and rhyme. Each keyword featured is accompanied with a historical description to the particular era, teaching about this pivotal time in American history.

    From abolitionists to Zion the reader will find themselves soaking up all that history has to offer in this delightful combination of history and illustrations.

    The mesmerizing words of Nancy Sanders and awe inspiring illustrations of E.B. Lewis will have you reading D is for Drinking Gourd - An African American Alphabet over and over again. Run, don't walk and purchase your copy today to find out what is in between A and Z.

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