Follow the Drinking Gourd

Follow the Drinking Gourd

by Jeanette Winter

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Illus. in full color. "Winter's story begins with a peg-leg sailor who aids slaves on their escape on the Underground Railroad. While working for plantation owners, Peg Leg Joe teaches the slaves a song about the drinking gourd (the Big Dipper). A couple, their son, and two others make their escape by following the song's directions. Rich paintings interpret the strong story in a clean, primitive style enhanced by bold colors. The rhythmic compositions have an energetic presence that's compelling. A fine rendering of history in picturebook format."—(starred) Booklist.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679819974
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/28/1992
Edition description: Reprinted Edition
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 122,082
Product dimensions: 10.06(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.19(d)
Lexile: AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Jeanette Winter has written and illustrated almost 50 books for children, including Diego, Emily Dickinson’s Letters to the World, The Librarian of Basra, Georgia, and Mama. Her art with flat colors and perspectives in the folk art tradition have brought her many honors. She lives in New York City.

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Follow the Drinking Gourd 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A third grader read this book to me last fall. I was so impressed that I have recommended it as a teaching aid for 'Black History Month'. I am also purchasing this book for any children visiting our home to read.
AshleyFletcher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Follow The Drinking Gourd is a story about slaves on the underground railroad. How Peg Leg Joe taught the slaves a song that would lead them to freedom. He would get a job w the slaves master and after the work was done he taught them follow the drinking gourd song. When the slaves knew it by heart he would move on to the next master. One day Molly watched her man James get sold to a new owner and they only had one more night together. So they remembered the song Peg Leg Joe taught them and they followed the gourd until the found him and he took them to the first safe house on the underground railroad. They continued on the underground railroad until they made it to safety in Canada. I can not relate to this book but I have learned a lot about what happened in the time of slavery. It is what I would call wrong and non-human. No one deserves the punishment the slaves were put through but it was people like the ones who were involved in the underground railroad who made some of the slaves life a better thing.In the classroom, I would have my students do an art project on the underground railroad. I can also have them do a research paper on the slaves.
wendyfincher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This is a story about a man named Peg Leg Joe. He was a former slave who came back to the South to help free slaves. He would go to farms and do odd jobs and teach slaves a song that would lead them to freedom. The song is called "Follow the Drinking Gourd."
familymoments on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found it very strange the girls loved this book. We got a couple of gourds, cut the tops, and make decorative drinking gourds for them. We watched a video from another book based on the same history of following the drinking gourd beautifully narrated with the book illustrations. We loved both books. Great for studying this period in American history. We'll come back to this at an older age for sure.
hd071338 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Historical: This story about a slave named Joe who has a peg leg who taught other slaves a song that would help them find their way to freedom. The song told the slaves to keep following the drinking gourd as they climbed mountains and crossed streams. On the way to freedom the slaves had to hide in trees to hide from the masters houndogs. The slaves continued to sing the song that was taught to them that said to follow the drinking gourd and eventually the slaves found the drinking gourd where they could be free. I thought that this book was very similar to the book "Under the Quilt of Night." I definately enjoyed this book because the slaves kept singing a song that told them how to get to freedom just by following the drinking gourd. This book can teach children the history of what slaves went through to be free. I thought this book can teach children to become more interested in the history of slaves because children do not know how lucky they are to have the freedom that slaves did not have over a hundred years ago.
lmaddux on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
black history month, would use this be used to for history, have kids think about what they would do in this situation.
amberntaylor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Peg Leg Joe secretly mapped a journey for slaves to escape to freedom. With the help of Peg Leg Joes song of the route to freedom, Molly, James and their family start their journey to freedom. They are able to find their way to different hiding places. These hiding places are set up by different people that want to help slaves become free. Do Molly, James and their family make it to freedom.I thought this book was simply put and would be great to read to younger grades. It has a great story of wonderful heroes and an adventurous plot. You could have the students get in groups and make up their own song that they would use to map the journey to freedom. You could also have them draw a map of their way to freedom as they see it in their head.
BrittN on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Follow the Drinking Gourd is about a slave family that has to find freedom because the dad was being sent to another plantation. They had met a guy named Peg Leg Joe who had taught them a song about freedom. The slave family began to sing the song and left the plantation at night to follow the drinking gourd. After traveling for weeks they get to the end of the river to see the old man waiting to take them across the river. They get to stay in different houses for a few weeks where they were fed and bathed. They eventually make it to Canada where they are safe from slavery. Personal Reaction: This was a really good book. I enjoyed it although at first glance at the book I did not think I would like it. It is a heart touching story that I would love to read to my kids one day to teach them the importance of helping out others that need help. Classroom Extension Ideas: 1. I would use this book in a unit about slavery. I would read the story to the class and then talk about the Underground Railroad. We would sing the song that is in the back of the book and I would have them put actions with the words. That way they will remember the song and hopefully learn to help others out.2.I could use this book in a unit about helping out other people. I would read the book and then ask the class how they help out others that need help. I would have them write their own song on how to help out someone.
JordySizemordy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SummaryThis is a story about Peg Leg Joe, and his efforts on the underground railroad. He would go from master to master, and while he completed his odd jobs he would teach the slaves a song that would lead them to freedom. All they had to do was remember to "follow the drinking gourd."ReactionI love the magic of historical fiction. It gives the reader an opportunity to see what what life was really like during a completely different time period. Fiction gives the history aspect enough light to spark the attention of the reader, but it is the facts that teach the reader about another time.Extension IdeasPrint out a version of the old slave song "Follow the Drinking Gourd", and have the class sing it together.Use this book as a gateway to an entire section about the underground railroad and its effects on American life.
kirkonly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tells the story of man who travels from farm to farm, acting as a worker while he teaches the slaves a song that would lead them to freedom- by following the drinking gourd. It tells of the slaves¿ journeys to freedom as they follow the words to the song and the ways they were helped and threatened along the way.As a student i liked this book alot. i liked finding out how the slaves got to freedom. The story is very historical and should be read by everyone. Higly recommendedAs a teacher this is a great book to use not only as a historical book, but as a book in general. I could use this book to show how songs and the stars were used not only by the slaves but by other races in different time periods. Great book.