Blacksmith's Song

Blacksmith's Song

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561455805
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 333,227
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Van Steenwyk is the award-winning author of more than seventy published books for young people. After graduating from Knox College, she went on to spend ten years writing for radio and television with a concentration on children’s programming. She lives in California.

Anna Rich says her art career began in kindergarten. She much preferred coloring and drawing to her other class work. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and is an active member of the New York Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild.

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Blacksmith's Song 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
'Blacksmith's Song' by Elizabeth Van Steenwyck is a children's picture book about the Underground Railroad, more specifically, a possible way that slaves and others communicated with runaways along the route. As the author states at the end of the book, we are not sure how people on the Underground Railroad were communicated with. It could have been a specific rhythm played out along the trail such as a song, dance, or by a blacksmith working late into the night. IN this story, a young boy goes to watch his father working in the forge. His father sometimes hammers a certain rhythm in the night. The boy wants to try, but his father says no. His mother finally explains about the song his father plays. It's a secret and dangerous song that could cost someone their life if the owners figure it out. The boy picks up the song from listening and he knows as his father grows weaker, that he will one day play the song and his family will eventually get their turn to run for freedom. The story does not show the ugly side of slavery, but it gets the point across that these people are not free and wish to be. Using the illustrations by Anna Rich you can see the owners sitting and having a feast, as well as the men on horseback with their dogs out looking for escaped slaves. Depending on the age of the person reading or listening to the story, different discussions can occur regarding this time period and practice. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.