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Follow the Drinking Gourd children's book

Follow the Drinking Gourd


By Jeanette Winter

Recommended ages: 5 and up

This is a folktale about a white sailor named "Peg Leg Joe" teaching a group of slaves a song to "follow the drinking gourd" (the Big Dipper) north to escape slavery. The rhythmic story and colorful paintings help show children the importance of the Underground Railroad — the secret path to freedom for thousands of African-Americans.

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