The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3)

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The stars of the Big Dipper have led a runaway slave family to Deacon Fuller's house, a stop on the Underground Railroad. Will Tommy Fuller be able to hide the runaways from a search party—or will the secret passengers be discovered and their hope for freedom destroyed?

This Level 3 I Can Read book is a captivating first-person historical fiction account of the Underground Railroad, narrated by Tommy, a ten year-old Quaker boy,. With beautiful, simple prose that folds in ...

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Overview

The stars of the Big Dipper have led a runaway slave family to Deacon Fuller's house, a stop on the Underground Railroad. Will Tommy Fuller be able to hide the runaways from a search party—or will the secret passengers be discovered and their hope for freedom destroyed?

This Level 3 I Can Read book is a captivating first-person historical fiction account of the Underground Railroad, narrated by Tommy, a ten year-old Quaker boy,. With beautiful, simple prose that folds in historical facts about slavery and the Civil War, this book makes this important period of American history accessible to beginning readers. Includes an afterword from the author F.N. Monjo that explains the historical context of the Fugitive Slave Law.

Supports the Common Core Learning Standards

Upon being sent home for disrupting church services, Tommy Fuller is surprised to find a family of runaway slaves hiding in his barn. Unbeknownst to Tommy, his father's house is a stop on the Underground Railroad. Tommy and his father set off for the next safe haven with the former slave family hidden in a wagon of hay. But as Tommy's father leaves to find a hidden boat, a search party approaches the wagon. Can Tommy save the family from being caught?

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K-Gr 3—This classic story (HarperCollins, 1993), written by F. N. Monjo and illustrated by Fred Brenner, tells how Tommy Fuller, a Quaker boy, discovers and assists runaway slaves who were being helped by his father, a conductor of the Underground Railroad. Conversations between Tommy and his father address slaves as property, the Fugitive Slave Law, obeying laws, and trying to change laws. Patrick Collins's narration is well-paced and expressive, employing voice changes for the characters. Sound effects add to the telling. At the beginning of the story, the song "The Drinking Gourd" tells of following the Big Dipper to Canada and to freedom. Page-turn signals are optional. This audiobook offers a good introduction to introduce units on slavery and the Civil War.—Ann Elders, Mark Twain Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064440424
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: I Can Read Book 3 Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 99,296
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

The late F. N. Monjo, author of The Drinking Gourd, wrote two other popular I Can Read Books: Indian Summer, illustrated by Anita Lobel, and The One Bad Thing About Father, illustrated by Rocco Negri.

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