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The Great Migration: Journey to the North Hardcover – Dec 13 2010

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Books (Dec 13 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061259217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061259210
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 23.4 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #592,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Powerful Poetry, Intriguing IIlustrations Dec 28 2010
By riofriotex - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This picture book of poetry is about the movement of African Americans out of the South between 1915 and 1929. Author and poet Eloise Greenfield, who experienced the Great Migration as a baby in 1929, tells the story in five parts of free-verse poems ranging from few lines to a few pages each. Jan Spivey Gilchrist uses mixed media collages to illustrate the poems, incorporating historic newspaper clippings and old photographs into her original drawings and paintings.

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
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Powerful Jan. 14 2012
By Melissa Sack - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This story is told free verse poetry. It tells the story of a number of characters as they set out to move North. They are hoping to find a better life for themselves and their families. The South has become a dangerous place for African Americans and they are headed to freedom. This would be a great choice to read to a class during black history month.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Must-read poetry about part of the African-American experience Feb. 28 2011
By Carey Hagan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was tremendously moved and impressed with this book of poetry. I am trying to find good titles for my second grader for Black History Month, and this was one of the best finds. I do think that the "recommended" age range of ages 4-8 is way off. It should be more like ages 7-16. The children reading it don't need to know a ton of historical background, but they do need to know some in order for the book to make sense. By the time they're in second grade, most of them have learned a little about slavery, prejudice, segregation, and the fight for civil rights. That's why I think the recommended age should start at age 7. Anyhow, the poems are beautiful, moving, and thought-provoking. They really emphasize the humanity of the African Americans moving North for a better life. I got a real sense of who they were: what they looked like, what their fears were, and how frightening the search for a new life really was for them. Each poem is a little story unto itself. Another reason why this is such a great book: a parent, teacher, or librarian can just read a few poems out loud and let them resonate with the children. You don't have to read the whole book for it to make an emotional impact. For example, I loved the poem, "Very Young Woman," in which a young girl about to travel north sees the sadness and fear in her mother's eyes: her mother has secretly packed her teddy bear at the bottom of her suitcase. Details like this really help the children/readers relate to the characters in the book. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lovely book Jan. 21 2011
By Erin O. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Great Migration is a lovely history book. It tells the story of the great migration of African American families out of the South from different perspectives: young girl and boy, man, woman, at different stages of the journey.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Migration April 15 2011
By Catherine W. Hughes - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Through a series of thoughtful poems and collage illustrations, Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist capture the mood and the power of the Great Migration north of black men, women and children in the United States from 1915 to 1930. Looking for a better life, families traveled north through trains, one by one, family by family. With heartfelt poems and images, children ages 7-10 will learn about black migration from the formerly enslaved south.