Monday, July 22, 2013
The Great Migration: Journey to the North
Author: Eloise Greenfield
Illustrator: Jan Spivey Gilchrist
Publication Year: 2011
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee
Awards: Coretta Scott King Award honor, Booklist Editor's Choice, ALSC Notable
Summary: These poems are a person account of Eloise Greenfield's family as they migrated north from North Carolina to Washington DC in the early 1900s. The poems are poignant, telling the story of saying goodbye to everything they knew and then trying to have a fresh start in a new place. The illustrations are a beautiful collage of oil paintings and actual photographs.
Classroom Ideas: A welcome addition to any classroom study of Jim Crow laws and the civil rights movement.
Extras: An author's introduction that explains her family's story and a collected bibliography of other resources on the time period.