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The Great Migration: Journey to the North [Kindle Edition]

Eloise Greenfield , Jan Spivey Gilchrist

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Book Description

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 during The Great Migration and make new lives for themselves elsewhere. The Great Migration concludes with a bibliography.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9882 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Amistad (15 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00772T7IK
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,577,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Poetry, Intriguing IIlustrations 28 Dec. 2010
By riofriotex - Published on
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful 14 Jan. 2012
By Melissa Sack - Published on
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-read poetry about part of the African-American experience 28 Feb. 2011
By Carey Hagan - Published on
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 22 Jan. 2011
By Erin O. - Published on
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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Migration 29 Dec. 2010
By S. Kitter - Published on
This wonderfully illustrated picture book is meant for children ages 3-8.

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.

Highly recommend.
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