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

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

by F. N. Monjo, Fred Brenner, Patrick Collins
     
 

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In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers—they could read the story comfortably and not feel overwhelmed by the text. Following suit came such

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In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers—they could read the story comfortably and not feel overwhelmed by the text. Following suit came such classics as Peggy Parish's Amelia Bedelia series, Lillian Hoban's books about Arthur the monkey, and Syd Hoff's popular Danny and the Dinosaur. Many books in this series are special in the depth of emotion evoked - Little Bear, the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, and Daniel’s Duck by Clyde Bulla, to name a few - and all are enjoyed by children of all ages. Grade 2 - Grade 4.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781430108108
Publisher:
Live Oak Media (NY)
Publication date:
01/28/2010
Series:
I Can Read Book 3 Series
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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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