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The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the…

The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad (I Can Read Level… (edition 1983)

by F. N. Monjo (Author)

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Title:The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad (I Can Read Level 3)
Authors:F. N. Monjo (Author)
Info:HarperCollins (1983), Edition: Reissue, 64 pages
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I found this at the Wake Co. library's book sale. I'll have to see if I can find some more in this series for my nephew. It's a simple early-reader about the underground railroad. ( )
  hopeevey | May 19, 2018 |
The Drinking Gourd

While sitting in church Tommy used an apple core and some fishing line to catch a goose, Tommy disrupted the church congregation when he caught the goose. Tommy's father sent him home, where Tommy discovered four runaway slaves in the barn. The slaves were Jeff,Vinnie, Little Jeff, and Pearl, when Tommy's father got home he allowed Tommy to come with him to transport the slaves by following the Big Dipper, but the slaves called it the Drinking Gourd. The slaves used the Drinking Gourd to follow the North Star to get to Canada. They took a wagon full of hay, Jeff and his family hid in the hay during the trip. After the slaves were taken to a boat at a river Tommy was sent home with the wagon where he waited for his father to return home later that night.

I thought this was a good story about the underground railroad. I thought it showed how the underground railroad worked and escaping slavery very well. Tommy's father is a character that wants to help the slaves and wants slavery to be illegal. The setting was the countryside of South Carolina. I can relate to this by the want to help people, like Tommy's' father helping Jeff and his family.

Extension Ideas:
1. The story could be an introduction on a unit on the underground
2.The story can teach about slavery.
3.The story can show what slaves had to do to escape.
  TylerPelley | Oct 19, 2017 |
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? (With preschoolers, I paraphrased the text and used the pictures to introduce the history and talk about how God's creation helped the people find their way to freedom and safety.)
  wichitafriendsschool | Oct 14, 2017 |
GENRE Historical Fiction CB

Publication Date 1970

Author(s): F Monjo

Title: The Drinking Gourd

Publisher: Harper & Row

Tommy is punished after mischief he created during a church service by being sent home. Upon his arrival he meets run away slaves that his father is helping get to Canada by way of the Underground Train. Tommy learns about compassion and the importance of standing up for what is right even if it seems like the wrong thing to do. ( )
  KristinPetersMoreno | Jan 31, 2013 |
In F. N. Monjo's The Drinking Gourd, Tommy Fuller's misbehavior in church leads him to discover that his home is a stop on and his father is a conductor of the Underground Railroad. This short chapter book is divided into six chapters, each of which is capable of standing by itself thematically. Several chapters serve almost exclusively as a means of imparting historical information about the Underground Railroad to the reader, with the characters merely providing exposition. However, the first and fourth chapters provide surprisingly engaging story-telling. Tommy's fast-thinking and impish nature first land him in hot water and then help him sidetrack a search party, showing that talents can be both harmful and helpful. With more historical background given in the author's note, this book is an excellent educational resource with enough human interest to keep children engaged. It would be a good addition to grade school lbiraries, middle school libraries with a population of readers with low reading levels. It would not hurt a public library's collection either. ( )
  HilarySI624 | Nov 27, 2010 |
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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?

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Sent home alone for misbehaving in church, Tommy discovers that his house is a station on the underground railroad.

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