Reading Rainbow: Drinking Gourd


Author & Illustrator: Jeanette Winter

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Narrated by: Keith David

Description: Based on the song "Follow the Drinking Gourd", this show explores an infamous chapter in America's history. As he celebrates the road to freedom paved by the Underground Railroad, LeVar introduces viewers to the history, heroes, stories and music of the African-American culture which emerged from slavery.

Activity Suggestion: Have the student retell Peg Leg Joe's involvement in helping slaves to freedom. Examine the book illustrations to find the special mark he left to guide escaping slaves. What might have happened to Peg Leg Joe and other helpers on the underground Railroad if the slave owners discovered their activities? What might have happened to the slaves?

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