Songs of Freedom: A Journey on the Underground Railroad

Songs of Freedom: A Journey on the Underground Railroad

by David Marshall, Bryan Marshall, Wil Clay
     
 

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School Library Journal
Gr 3�6—Imani is a young slave girl destined to be sold further south, away from her family. This leads her parents to risk everything by traveling the Underground Railroad to Canada and freedom. There's danger aplenty, and fear as well, but along the way they meet Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass and, eventually, are "free at last." The book, written by Bryan and David Marshall and illustrated by Wil Clay (Blue Sky Project, 2010), tells the story adequately, and includes lyrics to several traditional slave songs. The live-action DVD, however, offers much more. Storyteller/singer Phyllis Wade puts her heart and soul into the first-person narration from Imani's point of view. Her storytelling only loosely follows the book's text, adding much more depth, content, and feeling as it gains the flavor of a personal reminiscence. The DVD shifts between a classroom of multiethnic children coloring pages from the story, a beautifully filmed reenactment of Imani's journey, the narrator, and eight musical numbers by various artists. The coloring book in English or Spanish, extension activities, and lesson plans can be accessed at songsoffreedom.net. This valuable addition to American history units or Black History Month is certainly worth showing any time of year. The evocative production draws viewers into the tale and stays with viewers long after the story is over, like a song whose melody lingers long after the singer has left.—Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School. Federal Way, WA
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Gr 3�6—Imani is a young slave girl destined to be sold further south, away from her family. This leads her parents to risk everything by traveling the Underground Railroad to Canada and freedom. There's danger aplenty, and fear as well, but along the way they meet Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass and, eventually, are "free at last." The book, written by Bryan and David Marshall and illustrated by Wil Clay (Blue Sky Project, 2010), tells the story adequately, and includes lyrics to several traditional slave songs. The live-action DVD, however, offers much more. Storyteller/singer Phyllis Wade puts her heart and soul into the first-person narration from Imani's point of view. Her storytelling only loosely follows the book's text, adding much more depth, content, and feeling as it gains the flavor of a personal reminiscence. The DVD shifts between a classroom of multiethnic children coloring pages from the story, a beautifully filmed reenactment of Imani's journey, the narrator, and eight musical numbers by various artists. The coloring book in English or Spanish, extension activities, and lesson plans can be accessed at songsoffreedom.net. This valuable addition to American history units or Black History Month is certainly worth showing any time of year. The evocative production draws viewers into the tale and stays with viewers long after the story is over, like a song whose melody lingers long after the singer has left.—Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School. Federal Way, WA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780578041124
Publisher:
Blue Sky Project
Publication date:
07/28/2010
Edition description:
BLUE SKY PROJECT
Pages:
33
Sales rank:
1,297,530
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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