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Children's LiteratureJessie and her family are leaving Alabama and going north. Bye to Big Mama and the red sand and cotton fields as car tires make the road a drum and a road beat saying good luck, good luck, good luck. The author's story told in verse, along with soft illustrations creates a successful book. Harrington captures the sights and sounds of her text in a rich integration of the five senses. This often forgotten story of the African American family who became pioneers and started a brand new life in the north makes a welcome addition to the growing numbers of children's stories about first hand accounts of the African-American experience. The book is a wonderful addition for classroom teachers in grades third through fifth who want to share other perspectives on American history with their students. 2004, Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus and Giroux, $ 16.00. Ages 5 to 8.