The Great Migration: Journey to the North

The Great Migration: Journey to the North


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We were one family among the many thousands. Mama and Daddy leaving home, coming to the city, with their hopes and their courage, their dreams and their children, to make a better life.

When Eloise Greenfield was four months old, her family moved from their home in Parmele, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C. Before Jan Spivey Gilchrist was born, her mother moved from Arkansas and her father moved from Mississippi. Both settled in Chicago, Illinois. Though none of them knew it at the time, they had all become part of the Great Migration.

In this collection of poems and collage artwork, award winners Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist gracefully depict the experiences of families like their own, who found the courage to leave their homes behind during The Great Migration and make new lives for themselves elsewhere. The Great Migration concludes with a bibliography.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061259210
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/21/2010
Pages: 26
Sales rank: 1,129,898
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Eloise Greenfield's love of writing shines through brilliantly in each and every one of her books, which include Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, both illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, the Foundation for Children's Literature Hope S. Dean Award, and the National Council for the Social Studies Carter G. Woodson Book Award. In 2018 she received the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, DC. You can follow her on Twitter @ELGreenfield.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist is the award-winning illustrator-author of seventy-four children's books. Dr. Gilchrist illustrated the highly acclaimed picture book The Great Migration: Journey to the North, winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award, a Junior Library Guild Best Book, an NAACP Image Award nominee, a CCBC Best Book, and a Georgia State Children's Book Award nominee. She won the Coretta Scott King Award for her illustrations in Nathaniel Talking and a Coretta Scott King Honor for her illustrations in Night on Neighborhood Street, all written by Eloise Greenfield. She was inducted into the Society of Illustrators in 2001 and into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent in 1999. She lives near Chicago, Illinois.

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Great Migration: Journey to the North 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
kharding on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a picture storybook, that uses poetry, character vignettes and collage to tell the story of the Great Migration through the perspective of migrants. The collages strongly support the emotional quality of the text. The factual information of this book is presented as an introduction. The author uses personal experiences and passed down stories to help illuminate the topic on the last page. The book is organized chronologically, with each event relating to the Great Migration separated into chapters. Each chapter has a few pages, each with its own story that provides understanding mostly of the experience and feelings of the migrants. There is limited historical context and facts provided.I chose this book because I was in the midst of planning a lesson the Great Migration for my Social Studies class. While I think this book is gorgeous and well written, it is not informative enough for my lesson. I considered using one of the poems to support my lesson, but decided on a Langston Hughes poem that was more connected to the materials that I have for my lesson. However, I plan to pass the storybook along to allow kids to think deeper about the emotional and experiential aspects of this historical event.
NancyReed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I did love the artwork in this book and it is full of history. Perhaps for an older child. I dont think i would have bought this one. I just did not like the flow of it. I guess by the title I was thinking it would be more of a story.
TheLoopyLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Great Migration is a beautifully done book. The poems by award-winning poet Eloise Greenfield capture the emotions of each traveler on the journey. The illustrations by Jan Spivey Gilchrist are rich in texture and expression and compliment the poetry perfectly. The intended audience of 3-8 year-old children will walk away from this book with a clear understanding of The Great Migration, and older children will want to delve deeper after soaking up the heartfelt poetry.
dduning on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Great Migration: Journey to the North by Eloise Greenfield provides a look at African-American history that is not readily taught or tends to be something of a footnote in history books. It shares the story of more than a million African-American families that left the South for a better life in the North between the years of 1915 and 1930.I had never before heard of The Great Migration and really enjoyed how Greenfield personalized the experience through poems and stirring illustrations by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. Greenfield was able to put individual faces on the experience, knocking generalizations about this movement away. It is poignant and moving and would be a great addition to any teachers' classroom library.
eo206 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Great Migration is a lovely history book. It tells the story of the great migration of African American families out of the South from different perspectives: young girl, father, mother, child, etc. The simple prose and illustrations helps to create a sense of loss and longing or a sense of hope as the people leave behind their old lives, family, and way of live in search of new beginnings. The author also included text that young children and adult can relate to and pulls on heartstrings. The illustrations have unique twists and are sparse yet charming. This would be a nice addition to a school or classroom library. I think it would resonate with children between five and grade school.
sharonandjohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This wonderfully illustrated picture book is meant for children ages 3-8. Author Eloise Greenfield and illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist do a wonderful job of simplifying the story of the Great Migration for young children through short poems and beautiful illustrations. It gives the reader a good idea of the hope and promise these African Americans must have felt when the left their old lives in search of a new one in the North. A great feel good book. Highly recommend.
hbsweet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Great Migration, with its poems and collages, creates a series of vignettes that distills the experience of this remarkable cultural shift into its purest essence. The 32-page picture book is divided into sections by the headings of the poems: I. The News, II. Goodbyes, III. The Trip, IV. Question, and V. Up North. The arresting artwork that accompanies each piece are collages of photographs, photocopies, and pen and ink, tinted with watercolor washes. Together, they create a powerful, poignant portrait of what it took, what it cost, and what it meant to an entire generation to gamble on changing their future. "We were one familyamong the many thousands.Mama and Daddy leaving home, coming to the city, with theirhopes and their courage, their dreams and their children, to make a better life."
mccabe1030 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Great Migration refers about the large amount of African Americans who decide to leave the south during the South¿s segregation era. A promise of a better life enticed people to uproot their families and leave the land they have lived on their entire lives to move to an area that may not welcome them with open arms but would be more tolerable than the southern attitude. I was not particularly fond of the illustrations in this book. The drawings are hand drawn paper pasted images in muted colors that remind me of newspaper clippings. I personally did not feel any marriage between the artwork and storyline. I thought the storyline was very clever piece of non-fiction telling about a forgotten time in the African-American movement. This was pale in comparison to the stories depicting segregation in the south. I just did not feel that the illustrations helped to move the story or convey the feel the author wrote about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago