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Follow the Drinking Gourd

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Follow the Drinking Gourd: "Winter's story begins with a peg-leg sailor who aids slaves on their escape on the Underground Railroad."

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Follow the Drinking Gourd

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.  

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