The Great Migration

The Great Migration

Journey to the North

Book - 2010/12/21
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Illuminates the experiences of families who left their homes in search of better lives during the move up north.
Publisher: New York : Amistad, 2010/12/21
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061259210
Branch Call Number: J 811.54 GRE
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Gilchrist, Jan Spivey - Illustrator


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Jan 30, 2011

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. I think it would resonate with grade school age children. Reading it with an adult would also help to explain some of the poetic elements of the book.


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