The Great Migration: An American Story

The Great Migration An American Story This critically acclaimed picture book suitable for a wide range of readers chronicles the Great Migration the diaspora of African Americans who headed to the North after WWI through the iconic painti

  • Title: The Great Migration: An American Story
  • Author: Jacob Lawrence
  • ISBN: 9780064434287
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Paperback
  • This critically acclaimed picture book suitable for a wide range of readers chronicles the Great Migration the diaspora of African Americans who headed to the North after WWI through the iconic paintings and words of renowned artist Jacob Lawrence The New York Times praised it as a compassionate and sensitive portrayal of history After World War I, large numbers of AfThis critically acclaimed picture book suitable for a wide range of readers chronicles the Great Migration the diaspora of African Americans who headed to the North after WWI through the iconic paintings and words of renowned artist Jacob Lawrence The New York Times praised it as a compassionate and sensitive portrayal of history After World War I, large numbers of African Americans began leaving their homes in the rural South in search of employment, and a better life, in the industrial cities of the North like Chicago and Pittsburgh.Jacob Lawrence chronicled their journey of hope in his sixty panel Migration Series, a flowing narrative sequence of paintings that can now be found divided between the Museum of Modern Art and the Phillips Collection.In this profound picture book, Lawrence brings all those landmark paintings together and pairs them with poetic text that further explores the experience of those enduring this mass exodus From dealing with poor working conditions and competition for living space to widespread prejudice and racism, this is the story of strength, courage, and hope of the than six million African Americans who were trying to build better lives for themselves and their families.This book features an introduction from Lawrence whose family was part of this great migration about its personal significance as well as a poem by Newbery Honor author Walter Dean MyersA Notable BookALA Booklist Editors ChoiceIRA CBC Teachers ChoiceNotable Children s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies NCSS CBC Carter G Woodson Outstanding Merit Book

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    1. A few years ago, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) has an exhibit called "One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North." It was the first time that all 60 paintings by Lawrence were shown together, as they should be, in over 20 years. The small paintings, done in tempura or gesso on composition board, and originally called "The Migration of the Negro," tell a formidable story when looked at sequentially, and I have to say it was one of the most po [...]

    2. This is an older book from the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, and oh so inspiring with the story told in the beautiful art by Lawrence and his personal tale told briefly in the text. Around World War I, African-Americans in the south began a migration for a better life, and never stopped moving north. Lawrence was born around that time, and says his family was part of the migration. Sadly, although they found work, there was no great welcome in the north, but families persevered and life did improve [...]

    3. During the 1910s there was a shift in African American populations from the South to North. Many families made this migration in hopes of creating a better life for themselves in the booming industrial cities of the North. Artist Jacob Lawrence’s parents met while on that journey and Jacob was born shortly thereafter. Later, in adulthood he wanted to capture the shared story of many who took a leap of faith in hopes of progress, freedoms, and a chance at equality. These impressive visuals and [...]

    4. The Great Migration is a true story about the large number of African Americans that left their homes in the rural South to search fro employment up North. The author Jacob Lawrence chronicles their journey through words and pictures that are very captivating. I would use this book in my classroom to teach nouns and pronouns. Through the words and pictures students should be able to identify the different nouns and pronouns that correspond.

    5. Such a good book. The work of Jacob Lawrence is amazing and really captures the different aspects of the Great Migration. I am using it in a Social Studies lesson about the Harlem Renaissance where we are looking at some of the paintings and trying to figure out the message of the art and what this tells us about that time period. This is in addition to studying the music and poetry of the times in order to help students understand what the message of the times were.

    6. I was excited to find this on my library shelf. I started reading and realized that this is the artist featured in the book Jake Makes a World, that I just read last week. He shares the story of the Great Migration through his series of paintings that he started in 1940 when he was 22. The paintings paired with simple and moving text tell the story of African Americans migrating north in the early 1900s.

    7. The info and art make it worth reading. The text published with the art work is repetitive and not engaging. The poem at the end, which is what I thought would accompany the images, was wonderful, as were the images themselves. Considering there is extremely little published for kids about this issue, it is definitely worth a check out.

    8. The author who is also the artist of this book based the story/text off of the pictures, since he creator first painted the pictures and then decided to add text and make his pictures into a book. I like the pictures because they are paintings, therefore the are not actual photographs taken of the scenes during this time period.

    9. I read this book during class and I thought it was an okay book. There was a lot of text and I found it very boring. I would not have a younger student read this book because I feel that they would lose interest quickly.

    10. This was just "ok." At first glance, the paintings are nothing to write home about, but I think that they really capture the spirit of the time.Is this book and are the paintings popular because they are about the Great Migration? Probably.I did learn a few facts.

    11. A nice picture book about the Great Migration. I just felt like the story itself was a bit too meandering for my liking.

    12. Jacob Lawrence's paintings of the Great Migration of African Americans to the North are made into a picture book

    13. Wonderful book showing Jacob Lawrence's art from his migration series--African Americans moving North. Good exposure to both the art and the subject. Interlibrary loan in our system.

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