- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 4
- Series: Discover the World
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press; 1st Printing edition (September 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158536293X
- ISBN-13: 978-1585362936
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,316,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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D Is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet (Discover the World) Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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A is for abolitionists. P for politics. R for roots. X for Malcolm X. Each letter is presented on a double-page spread with a four-line poem; a long, informative historical note; and a beautiful watercolor painting that evokes the period and people. The historical sequence isn't chronological, but each page includes plenty of discussion material. True to each time period, the stirring illustrations, many in sepia tones with occasional bright colors, are packed with emotion, from the close-up of a woman stitching a beautiful quilt at home to the overview of the famous March on Washington. The unforgettable painting of the Great Migration evokes old photos of a family leaving home, unsure but brave and looking forward. An excellent reference list includes up-to-date books and Web sites. Rochman, Hazel
About the Author
Nancy I. Sanders is an award-winning children's book author. She lives in Southern California with her husband and cats.
E. B. Lewis won the 2005 Caldecott Honor Book for Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson and the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, for Talkin' About Bessie by Nikki Grimes. Mr. Lewis teaches illustration at Philadelphia's University of the Arts. He lives in Folsom, New Jersey. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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From abolitionists to Zion the reader will find themselves soaking up all that history has to offer in this delightful combination of history and illustrations.
The mesmerizing words of Nancy Sanders and awe inspiring illustrations of E.B. Lewis will have you reading D is for Drinking Gourd - An African American Alphabet over and over again. Run, don't walk and purchase your copy today to find out what is in between A and Z.
It exceeds expectations in a BIG WAY!!
It takes the young reader on a history lesson with a combination of simple poetry and more informative prose as it teaches the alphabet order, as well as facts on such diverse fare as politics, the military, entertainment, migration, and familiar, as well as not so familiar, important historical figures.
Though I purchased the book solely on my familiarity with the superb artwork of E. B. Lewis, I am glad to have made this discovery. My niece, the intended recipient of the gift book, will have something that she can share with her children and grandchildren.
Isn't that the purpose of quality literature, anyway?