The Great Migration: Journey to the North Hardcover – Dec 21 2010
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From the Back Cover
We were one family among the many thousands. Mama and Daddy leaving home, coming to the city, with their hopes and their courage, their dreams and their children, to make a better life.
When Eloise Greenfield was four months old, her family moved from their home in Parmele, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C.
Before Jan Spivey Gilchrist was born, her mother moved from Arkansas and her father moved from Mississippi. Both settled in Chicago, Illinois. Though none of them knew it at the time, they had all become part of the Great Migration.
In this collection of poems and collage artwork, award winners Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist gracefully depict the experiences of families like their own, who found the courage to leave their homes behind and make new lives for themselves elsewhere.See all Product Description
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The jacket describes the book as being for ages 3-8. However, I feel the book is more appropriate for a slightly older age group, perhaps 5-10, particularly as free verse as well as some of the illustrations are rather complex. A short bibliography at the end of the book extends its range to even older students.
© Amanda Pape - 2010
The simple prose and illustrations helps to create a sense of loss and longing or a sense of hope as the people leave behind their old lives, family, and ways of life in search of new beginnings and hope. The author also included text that young children and adult can relate to and pulls on heartstrings. The illustrations have unique twists and are sparse yet charming.
This would be a nice addition to a school or classroom library. The poetry and free verse require an advanced level of comprehension thus it would probably resonate with children age five through grade school. However a child of any age could be introduced to the book and find some level of enjoyment especially while sitting in the lap of an adult and talking about the book.
Author Eloise Greenfield and illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist do a wonderful job of simplifying the story of the Great Migration for young children through short poems and beautiful illustrations. It gives the reader a good idea of the hope and promise these African Americans must have felt when the left their old lives in search of a new one in the North. A great feel good book.
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