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Acclaimed childrens book Follow the Drinking Gourd reissued

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Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers is reissuing Jeanette Winter's Follow the Drinking Gourd. The Boston Globe called the book an "extraordinary and inspiring tribute to a unique part of African-American history." Now, for its twentieth anniversary, Winter's powerful picture book is available in hardcover format. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers is reissuing Jeanette Winter's Follow the Drinking Gourd.

The Boston Globe called the book an "extraordinary and inspiring tribute to a unique part of African-American history."

Now, for its twentieth anniversary, Winter's powerful picture book is available in hardcover format.

The words seem easy enough: "For the old man is a-waiting for to carry you to freedom if you follow the drinking gourd." But hidden in the lyrics was a map to freedom - an escape route known as the Underground Railroad. In powerful paintings that evoke the American folk art tradition and a simple text inspired by slave narratives, Jeanette Winter tells the story of one brave family who followed the drinking gourd - the Big Dipper - north to Canada.

Jeanette Winter has written and illustrated almost fifty books for children, including Diego, Emily Dickinson's Letter to the World, The Librarian of Basra, Georgia and Mama. Her art, with flat floors and perspectives in the folk art tradition, have brought her many honors.

School Library Journal applauds her work: "[Winter's] dramatic full-color paintings and a simple text make this part of U.S. history accessible to young readers."

As one of the most prolific children's books creator, she has often taken inspiration for her stories from real world events. Follow the Drinking Gourd is no different. This book is perfect for any classroom or children's library, for our future is equally as important as our past.

Jeanette Winter lives in New York City with her husband, painter Roger Winter. Her two sons, Jonah and Max, both poets, also live in New York City. For as long as she can remember, Jeanette wanted to be an artist (except for a brief stint when she longed to be a ballerina).
 

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