The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad

The Drinking Gourd A Story of the Underground Railroad 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

  • Title: The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad
  • Author: F.N. Monjo Fred Brenner
  • ISBN: 9780064440424
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad

    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 UndergroundThe 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

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    1. Mandy

      This book was recommended to me by my 7 year old daughter! It’s actually a very moving and inspiring historical piece for young readers on the subject of slavery and helping other human beings seek safety and justice.

    2. ABC

      DS read this in conjunction with a Harriet Tubman book. This is about a kid who discovers that there are runaway slaves hiding in his barn. It turns out his dad is part of the Underground Railroad, and the boy has stumbled on to the secret. There is one part where the boy has to lie to keep the runaway slaves safe and hidden, so this may be confusing for really little kids. But it makes for good conversation.If you are Canadian, you may like this book because it emphasizes that the runaway slave [...]

    3. Dolly

      This is a dramatic account of one family being transported up north to Canada along the Underground Railroad. It is fictional, but tells about the danger the runaways and abolitionists faced as well as the support they received along the way north. We followed along with the book as we listened to the narration on CD. It was narrated much better than I ever could and we loved the song at the beginning of the story - we listened to it several times.

    4. Joshua Lawson

      Great story to help teach kids about the evil of slavery and the moral courage of the men and women who opposed it. I read it to my children, ages 5-8, and they were genuinely engaged by it.

    5. Jaclyn Sibley

      Awards: No awards receivedGrade: 2ndSummary: Tommy Fuller is a ten year old boy who finds himself sent home after getting in trouble. He goes to his barn and finds a slave family living there. He then found out his family's secret: they were helping this slave family escape to freedom. Tommy soon starts to help out.Review: I think this is a very interesting book that touches on the start of the Civil War. I like how the perspective is from Tommy, making it easier to read and relate to. This book [...]

    6. Tahni

      I read this book with my second graders. It was a wonderful way to introduce my students to this part of American history and I'm using it to open an on-going reading section on African American history. Really wonderful teaching tool.

    7. Tori Williford

      After getting in trouble and being sent home from church, Tommy discovers a slave family hiding inside the barn. Tommy’s father is a conductor of the Underground Railroad and is helping this family move to the next station. Tommy accompanies his father to take the slaves and learns a lot in just one night. This historical fiction is great for beginning readers. It provides facts about slavery and this time period through an engaging and interesting story. The text is easy to read so it would m [...]

    8. Ch_ebonysmith

      A story which takes place prior to the Civil War is a touching story of a young boy’s discovery of his father’s secret. Tommy is about ten years old. One Sunday, he and his family are in church. The service is long and Tommy gets restless. He gets in trouble and is sent home by his father. Once home, he goes into the barn and finds out his father has been hiding a very big secret. Tommy uncovers a family of runaway slaves in their barn. His father, Deacon Fuller, is a conductor on the Underg [...]

    9. Lauren

      The Drinking Gourd, by F.N. Monjo, tells the story of Tommy Fuller. Tommy gets into trouble at church, so his father sends him home. While playing in the barn, Tommy finds a slave family hiding there. They are on the run to Canada, with the help of Tommy's father. I really enjoyed this story. It is like a picture book, but it is longer. I like this because the reader can get more information, which is definitely necessary when learning about the Underground Railroad. The illustrations are very d [...]

    10. Kristin

      The genre of this book is historical fiction, and is intended for children (I) ages eight to twelve. This story tells all about the drinking gourd (big dipper) and the underground railroad. It tells of a family who helped slaves hide, and make their way to freedom. It teaches children that this family was breaking the law, but it was the right thing for them to do. This is a great book to use to teach children about slavery and what happened back then. The vocabulary is easy to understand and th [...]

    11. Jimmy

      grades 1-3This book is a great entry way into slavery for children. It is a book that depicts the underground railroad through the tale of two boys. The one black boy is following the drinking gourd (Big Dipper) to find his way north to freedom. This book can give children the scaffolding they need to begin to learn about such a large and complex topic.I think this book is perfect to start children learning about slavery and the migration of blacks to the north. There are many other children's b [...]

    12. Allie 2

      Quick read, not much to it. A little boy is a trouble maker in church and his dad sends him home. He goes home and finds black runaway slaves in his barn and talks to them about the Underground Railroad. When his dad gets home he goes with his dad on the wagon to transport these slaves. His dad steps away from the wagon and people trying to search for the runaways stop him and he makes up a lie about how he ran away to avoid his dad hitting him after he was a troublemaker in church. The family m [...]

    13. Kristen

      This book is set up into chapters, but contains many great illustrations as well. This is a story relating to the Underground Railroad, and we see the conflict one boy faces as he tries to grasps his father's role in he Underground Railroad. This book brings awareness to the folklore song Follow the Drinking Gourd, as well as introduces children to social justice. However, this may bring up a discussion about laws and breaking the laws.

    14. Children's Literature Project

      DRA:? Grade level:2-4When Tommy Fuller inspects the family's barn due to unusual noises, he discovers a family of runaway slaves hiding it. The slaves got to the barn because it was in the direction of the stars they were following to go north. The boy and his father befriend the family and decide to help them escape. They hide them amongst hay in a carriage and help them reach the river, where they will take a boat to get to Canada, where they can be free.

    15. Ouida Robinson

      Author: F.N. MonjoTitle: The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground RailroadPlot: This story tells of the family journey through the underground railroad to freedom.Characters: Father and SonSetting: In the south during slavery timeTheme: Slavery; the Underground Railroad, AbolitionistStyle: Historical FictionCopyright: 1970Notes: This is a good book to use to teach about slavery and the Underground Railroad.

    16. Carol Royce Owen

      This is a good first introduction for young student to the Underground Railroad and the plight of slaves trying to escape to freedom. I used it with first graders, and supplemented it with some picture books that I had about the topic and they all came away with a good understanding of how horrible slavery was and why it was necessary for some people, like Deacon Fulton, to break the law to help the slaves.

    17. Books Kids Like

      Tommy Fuller gets in trouble at church and is sent home. There he finds a black family hiding in the barn's loft. Tommy finds out that his father is part of the Underground Railroad and gets a chance to help him drive the runaway slaves to the next station. When a U. S. marshal finds Tommy at the reins of his father's hay wagon, Tommy convinces him that he is the one running away. It's a nice twist to read about a mischievous boy who decides to help someone else.

    18. Selah Pike

      A simplistic, but well written story that helps very young kids understand a bit about the Underground Railroad. It led to a good discussion about when lying is the *right* thing to do. It also gave me an opportunity to tell my kids about our ancestors who were conductors on the Underground Railroad.

    19. Tolin

      A good book for emerging readers. Tommy learns about the Underground Railroad, he learns about himself, he learns about his father, and he learns about life. This book can be for children 6 to 8 years old. It teaches about an important part in history. Awesome to use while talking about the underground railroad.

    20. Gretyl

      Excellent easy reader - simple sentences, words, plenty of white space make this very accessible to early readers interested in a basic history of the Underground Railroad. Should be part of every library collection.

    21. Jillian

      Read this with the kids. It was a great way to introduce some American history on the slave trade, discuss how horrible it was, and let them ask the questions. I find they learn things better if they have a story to pick apart, rather than being spoon fed information.

    22. Jane Irish Nelson

      A young boy's antics in church get him sent home early; but when he discovers runaway slaves hiding in the barn he begins to learn a lesson. The "Drinking Gourd" of the title is the name the slaves gave to the Big Dipper, which pointed to the North Star, the direction of freedom.

    23. Amy

      Review from B age 9.I liked this book - but The back cover said the family escaped to freedom in Canada but the story ended by saying, "If only they can get to Canada, then they'll be safe" so they didn't finish the story. I thought they should have finished it.

    24. Stacie

      A very easy, simplistic read for children to start to understand slavery, why it was wrong, and how we can't treat people differently based on color. I love any book that gets kids thinking about history and humanity.

    25. Jen Kelley

      Read this version of the Underground Railroad which I found to be touching as it was told through the form of narrative nonfiction. This is a great selection to use with younger students who struggle with the meaning of this time in history.

    26. Ame

      I'm a terrible, terrible narrator for this book, but until I can get Reading Rainbow on DVD, my voice will just have to do

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