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In the Hollow of Your Hand: Slave Lullabies Paperback – September 25, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Pap/Com edition (September 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395857554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395857557
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,460,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 5-7, younger and older for reading aloud. Part of the oral tradition, this moving collection of 13 folk lullabies is a powerful way to communicate what family life was like under slavery. McGill collected the songs firsthand, and after each lullaby she talks about the people who sang to her as a child, where they heard the songs, and how they were passed on through the generations. The love and hope are here as are the anguish of separation and the nonsense ("Joe went to de pig pen. Slipped an' he fell in"). Opposite each song is a handsome full-page quilt collage contributed by Michael Cummings, which poignantly illustrates what McGill says about slave mothers saving "Every Little Bit." There's full musical notation at the back, and a CD of the songs, sung by McGill, is included. The people's words are achingly beautiful, and the combination with history and personal experience makes this an enduring collection. Hazel Rochman
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"From the opening guitar notes that accompany McGill’s sweet, assured voice, listeners will know they’re in for a treat." —Publishers Weekly, starred review (10/9/00) Publishers Weekly

"This wonderful book and CD combination is truly a treasure for all ages." —Book Page 9/00

"Sing these songs with younger children or explore them more deeply with an older crowd. Both will result in a rewarding experience." —SLJ 12/00 School Library Journal
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
Whenever I put the CD on, my baby pauses from whatever she is doing, captivated by McGill's lovely, rich voice. The CD is a permanent fixture in our CD changer, so I have gradually picked up all the songs. "Who Dat Tappin'" and "Dip-Dap Dudio" are playful chants that will always get a laugh from baby, even if you can't carry a tune. With the help of the book, which contains both printed lyrics and sheet music, I have memorized "Liddy Lay Low" to sing at naptime and bedtime. When my daughter is a little older, I am sure we will look at the beautiful illustrations together and I will teach her rhymes such as "Rock de Cradle, Joe." School-age children might want to use the collection as the basis for an American history project, and kids who are studying a musical instrument will enjoy picking out the tunes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose M. Graveline on December 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Alice McGill is a real historian. I treasure not only the songs but her stories that go with them. Her voice is soothing and warm. My 2 year old granddaughter begs for Alice McGill when I pick her up from daycare. My cassette goes from car to house many times so we can listen to it over and over. Thank you, Alice, for sharing your history, stories and songs with all of us. I'm ordering this on CD to give to Julia, my granddaughter, and all of your other books, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By French on January 29, 2008
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The original music and the creative fabric art work combined have made this a delightful introduction to this newcomer to eastern North CArolina. I have given away 4 of the same books to other residents of Scotland Neckbecause I think that the book reflects the heritage and customs of this particular culture. It is a book that deserves wide-spread use to the children and residents in the Tillery and Halifax County area of NC.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joan E. Aitken on January 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
These African-American slave songs tell the stories passed down through oral traditions. Each illustration is a fabric collage illustration, which is quite beautiful. I only knew one of the dozen songs. A sound CD accompanies the book. The author tells her personal connection to each song after presenting each song's words. The music is in the back.
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