The Great Migration: Journey to the North (Hardcover)

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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 and make new lives for themselves elsewhere.

About the Author

Eloise Greenfield is the author of an illustrious list of books for young people, including The Friendly Four, a Texas 2x2 Reading List book; In the Land of Words, an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts; and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, winner of a Bank Street Children's Book Award--all illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award; the Coretta Scott King Author Award; the Award of Excellence from the Washington, D.C., branch of the National Writing Project; the Milner Award; the Hope S. Dean Award from the Foundation for Children's Literature; and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, D.C.

Kyla McKenzie, a five-year-old first time author, is on a mission to spread the word about the awesomeness of God. Toward this end, the pre-kindergartner convinced her mom that authoring a children's picture book would be the best way to reach this goal. Despite her youth, Kyla was actively involved in every aspect of the creation and production of this wonderful work. Expect more books from this spirited writer. Monique Brown McKenzie is a published author, ghostwriter and book coach. The award-winning journalist has written and contributed to numerous nonfiction works, including a long list of articles for Black Enterprise, Essence, Heart & Soul, School Library Journal, The Network Journal, Uptown Professional and a host of other publications. Still, being a supportive mom to her three beautiful children is her greatest joy. Thus, co-authoring this picture book with her five-year-old daughter, Kyla, is Monique's most rewarding project yet!

Praise For…

Praise for Brothers & Sisters:“Timeless…clear and universal. Everyone can relate to the poems’ affection, frustration, laughter, jealousy, and family pride, as well as the love that always shines through.”
-ALA Booklist

Praise for Brothers & Sisters: “These are the sweetest poems for kids and families of all kinds.”
-Charlotte Observer

Praise for Brothers & Sisters: “Together their picture book celebrates how brothers get along with brothers, sisters with sisters, and various other combinations.”
-Horn Book Magazine

Praise for Brothers & Sisters: “A feel-good collection, equally suited to reading alone or aloud.”
-Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Brothers & Sisters: “Greenfield’s poetic observations and commentaries succinctly capture siblings at various ages and stages. The illustrator is equally as skillful. This book needs to be shared in classrooms, in storytimes, and especially within families.”
-School Library Journal

Praise for The Friendly Four:“Fun for reading aloud.”
-ALA Booklist

Praise for The Friendly Four: “Idealistic and nostalgic...perfect for classroom readers’ theater or as a way for a young child to share reading with an older sibling or parent.”
-The Horn Book

Praise for The Friendly Four: “A lively tribute to children’s imagination as well as an inviting introduction to free verse.”
-Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Friendly Four: “Has an open accessibility, with its big print and visually inviting pages, and an upbeat warmth.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Praise for In the Land of Words:“[a] joy-filled, right-on tribute to wordsmithing in all its forms.”
-Kirkus Reviews

Praise for For the Love of the Game:“This book will set children soaring.”
-ALA Booklist

Praise for For the Love of the Game: “A powerful blending of words and pictures that delivers a message that needs to be heard by children.”
-School Library Journal

Praise for Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems:“Abounds with that special tenderness surrounding the everyday experiences in a child’s life. These poems beg to be read aloud.”
-Boston Globe

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061259210
ISBN-10: 0061259217
Publisher: Amistad Press
Publication Date: December 21st, 2010
Pages: 32
Language: English