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The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad (I Can Read Book 3) [Paperback]

By F. N. Monjo & Fred Brenner (Illustrator)
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Item description for The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad (I Can Read Book 3) by F. N. Monjo & Fred Brenner...

Set in New England before the Civil War, this story describes the way in which Tommy Fuller and his father help a family of slaves escape

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The stars of the Big Dipper have led a runaway slave family to Deacon Fuller's house, a stop on the Underground Railroad. Will Tommy Fuller be able to hide the runaways from a search party--or will the secret passengers be discovered and their hope for freedom destroyed?

This Level 3 I Can Read book is a captivating first-person historical fiction account of the Underground Railroad, narrated by Tommy, a ten year-old Quaker boy, . With beautiful, simple prose that folds in historical facts about slavery and the Civil War, this book makes this important period of American history accessible to beginning readers. Includes an afterword from the author F.N. Monjo that explains the historical context of the Fugitive Slave Law.

Supports the Common Core Learning Standards

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad (I Can Read Book 3) by F. N. Monjo & Fred Brenner has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1447
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 682
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 712
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 665
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 957

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   62
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.88" Width: 5.88" Height: 0.18"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2002
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
Age  7-9
ISBN  0064440427  
ISBN13  9780064440424  

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Loreen Leedy is the author/illustrator of many children's books, including It's Probably Penny and Mapping Penny's World. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, she majored in art in college but wasn't sure what kind of artist she wanted to be. She started out making jewelry in the shape of pigs, cats, dragons, and other animals, and then one day she started making book characters out of her animals. She is skilled at making concepts fun and accessible to children, and often speaks at conferences and in schools throughout the United States. She lives with her husband in central Florida.

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Fifth grade book review  Feb 25, 2010
This book is about slaves that are hiding in a barn. Tommy came home from church , and he fed the horses He heard a noise in the barn and went to see what it was. A man named Jeff popped out of the hay, and Tommy fell off the top of the barn. He fell in the hay.Jeff and his family came out of the barn, and Jeff had an axe and waved it in the air. Jeff's wife said that Tommy was just a little boy. (Chance)

Tommy found three people and the people talk to him and his dad came in the barn. They talk to them and they said we ran away from the slave owners. They took them to the underground railroad. (Shawn)
The Drinking Gourd  Mar 28, 2009
While studying Black History Month this book is amazing with the rich illustrations and the historical facts. The children loved when I read it to them.
Good  Apr 18, 2003
I liked this book. It was one of my favorite books. It was a good thing they hid in the hay. They had to go to the under ground railroad. The under ground is a secret group of people who believe slavery is wicked. We need to obey all laws this book is a bout history.
Two different Worlds  May 5, 2000
This tale of the underground railroad told from the perspective of young, mischievious Tommy Fuller, blends history with a compelling adventure story. Tommy discovers a runaway slave family hiding in his father's barn. Little Jeff is Tommy's age but has had a very different life as a Southern child of slavery. The adventure is how Tommy and his father, Deacon Fuller, help this family escape to Canada and freedom. Includes a simple discussion between Tommy and his father about the fact that they have broken a law and that sometimes laws cannot be obeyed.

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