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An African American family becomes a new kind of pioneerLeaving behind Big Mama, loving relatives, and the familiar red soil and cotton fields of Alabama, Jessie and her family are going north to Nebraska. They are pioneers searching for a better life, one with decent schools and jobs. But traveling through the segregated South is difficult for an African American family iAn African American family becomes a new kind of pioneerLeaving behind Big Mama, loving relatives, and the familiar red soil and cotton fields of Alabama, Jessie and her family are going north to Nebraska. They are pioneers searching for a better life, one with decent schools and jobs. But traveling through the segregated South is difficult for an African American family in the 1960s. With most public places reserved for "whites only," where will they stop to get gas and food?Lyrical free verse and evocative paintings capture the rhythm of the road and a young girl's longing as she wonders: Will I like it there? Will I like the North?...

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ISBN : 9780374326814
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Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Going North Reviews

  • 595AJ__Margaret
    2019-06-26 00:15

    Going North, by Janice Harrington, is the story about a black family in the 1960’s who travel by car from their home in Alabama in hopes for a better life in Lincoln, Nebraska. The motivation for this move is the parents’ desire to escape segregation in hopes of finding a better job for the father and better schools for their children. The story is told from the perspective of their young daughter. The author uses language that is simple and poetic; skillfully incorporating the use of a variety of poetic elements such as personification, alliteration, as well as repetition to enhance her words. This story shows how difficult and frightening this journey was for the family as they drive through the segregated south. As the story unfolds the reader experiences first hand, the tension and fear that the family deals with as they struggle to find “negro stations” and “negro stores” so that they can safely complete their journey. The illustrations in this book beautifully enhance the author’s words. The rich, deep colors convey a serious tone, which seem to brighten as the family moves closer to their destination. I would recommend this book for grades 2-5. It effectively illustrates the everyday difficulties that black people struggled with due to segregation. It would also be a wonderful story to use when illustrating the use of poetic devices such as personification, alliteration, repetition, and onomatopoeia when writing.Related Texts:The Other Side, by Jacqueline Woodson (Segregation)The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County, by Janice Harrington (Poetic Elements)

  • Lisa Suchy
    2019-06-25 06:17

    Going North takes place in Alabama in the year 1964. The young girl, Jesse, and her family are going to leave Big Mama's house and take their life up North. They will be driving cross-country to Nebraska. Jesse doesn't know much about what is up North, but she hears that her dad will have a better job and she will go to a better school. At first she does not want to go North, but the story follows her on her journey in the car ride North. She says goodbye to everything as she is looking out the window. After a couple of hours, the car needed gas but the only gas station near by didn't accept black people. They tried to look for another gas station. Before they knew it they had found a gas station that accepted them. Jesse begins sot think and hope that the North will be better. The family sleeps in the car and before they know it, they are in Nebraska. I would recommend this book as a read aloud of grades 3-5. The language and vocabulary used in this books create wonderful imagery. The author's text is borderline poetic, including great description of scenery and emotion: "...looking at the world going by, red sand and cotton field, pines marking the sky like black crayons.." While reading it, I had almost a rhythm in my head while reading it. The illustrations are large and although seem subtle at first, the deep colors and shading beautifully capturing the scenes on the trek up North. A great book to introduce or discussion an African American child's view of moving from the South to North during such a changing time in our country. At the beginning and end of the book, an outline map showing the family's journey is painted on a road map, which helps set the tone for the book. A brief author's note is also included at the end of the story. It is about her personal journey of moving from Alabama to Nebraska.

  • L12_markmesserly
    2019-05-29 01:14

    This review pertains to the 2004 hardcover edition.Suggested for grades 3 – 5, this story follows an African American family on their migration from Alabama to Lincoln Nebraska in 1964. The young girl in this narrative (age not listed, perhaps 10) questions whether things are better up north – how would her father find a better job, and were the schools really better? “I wish my toes were roots. I’d grow into a pin oak and never go away. Would they let me stay if I were a tree?” (n. pag.).Gentle illustrations support the narrative as the girl watches the familiar landscape pass by. Cotton fields and the segregated gas stations recede, and new landscapes offer the promise of a better life.In the author’s note, Janice Harrington briefly describes the segregation experienced by African Americans in the south. This gentle and moving picture book is informative and well worth inclusion in a school library. Discovery Education offers an interesting classroom activity involving mock segregation. Student groups experience differing levels of privileges, such as more or less free time, etc. Students then record their feelings about unequal treatment in a journal. All students rotate through differing privilege levels. The full lesson is at the site: text with a similar theme suited to this grade level is The Other Side by Jaqueline Woodson (ISBN: 9780399231162), in which two girls strike up a friendship despite the presence of a fence that segregates the town.

  • 538am_Kelly O'Hara
    2019-06-21 00:06

    Going North received the Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Award (2004) and a Booklist starred review. It is a really beautiful picture book with powerful themes of racism and change. The African-American family featured is moving from the deep south northward in search of better job opportunities. Told through the eyes of a child who does not want to move from her home and all she knows, the journey shows some of the awful facts of the racism common during the 1960s setting. There is serious tension when the family is about to run out of gas and cannot be serviced by the whites-only gas stations. Students need to see and feel how things were and discuss in what ways conditions have improved for minorities and this book will help facilitate this understanding. Would be appropriate to use during civil rights or Martin Luther King units.The illustrations are truly moving and original. They convey the mood while remaining somewhat blurry, dark, and mysterious. Much of the text is wonderfully descriptive: "...push my feet in the rusty sand. I wish my toes were roots."The themes and tension of the story make this book best for 3rd grade and up, depending on the readiness of the children to discuss the feelings and events that the girl in the story is conveying to the reader.

  • Tom Bochnak
    2019-06-01 04:31

    Going North does a great job of illustrating the struggles of African Americans during the 1960s. It's a unique perspective because it's about a family escaping the segregation. There's usually more attention on books where segregation was confronted head on, and only a small minority of African Americans took that route early on. This seems more realistic because it's probably how I would have handled the situation. My family are immigrants, and so maybe I'm a little biased.The book also enlightens students about the perils of segregation. You couldn't even get gas unless you went to a gas station owned by the same race! Something so mundane might shock your younger students. This book is also accessible for beginning readers, and there would not need to be a lot of front loading of vocabulary if you're already discussing this time period.

  • Maggie Becker
    2019-06-16 03:04

    I thought this was an interesting book. I don't know if many students could particularly connect with it considering its about moving across the country to escape prejudice. However, I think they could connect with the struggles that young children to go through that are sort of showcased. Other than the connection aspect, I feel as though the story itself was a good one. You can tell the sadness that goes along with the move and the vivid descriptions do make you feel as though you are on the journey with the family. The only thing I don't fully like are the illustrations. They are dark and kind of dreary. I can understand the dark and sad animations early on, but I feel as though they should have become clearer and brighter as the journey continued on.I would recommend this book only if they were learning about this time frame.

  • Janet
    2019-06-16 02:17

    A beautiful memoir set in a lyrical picture book format about the journey north from Alabama to Nebraska for a family to find a better life. It is the early 1960s and the trip north is not easy for this family as all gas stations and restaurants do not serve Negroes and yes that is the term used in the text. Having a picnic in the car solves the food problem, but the gas station is a little more difficult. The lyrical text is told through the daughter's observations and what makes this book so authentic is that this was the author's experience.I loved the language and using the words croaker sack, and knife-scrape, as well as kuduz and describing the dirt of Alabama as red and that of Nebraska as black made the reading of this title really ring true.

  • RLL22017Julia Turnbough
    2019-05-30 04:18

    Going North is about a black family moving from Alabama to Nebraska. They travel by car through the segregated south during 1960s. It tells about the trip through the eyes of a young girl. It’s illustrated with pictures that match her thoughts. The 1960s’ south had signs like “For Whites Only.” I would recommend this book for children ages 5-8 years old.

  • Morgan
    2019-06-21 01:10

    Interesting take on the Great Migration--the family moves to Lincoln, Nebraska, and not the North or Northeast, where most Great Migration stories take place.

  • Kimberly Hirsh
    2019-06-24 02:33

    Going North is the semi-autobiographical story of an African American family’s move from Alabama to Nebraska in the early 1960s. The story is told from the perspective of Jessie, a young girl who is reluctant to leave the home she loves. She is both anxious and optimistic about the prospect of a new life in the North.This book is appropriate for readers in grades 3 – 5, who are beginning to move away from egocentrism and beginning to be able to see things from others’ perspectives. It is set in the segregated South of the 1960s. This is conveyed both in text, with statements like, “Can’t stop just anywhere./Only the Negro stations,/only the Negro stores,” and with images of the African American family staying in their car at a gas station while a white family’s car is serviced by a white attendant. Jessie, the narrator, is the only character who is very well developed. Because she is telling the story, we get a sense of her own fears and hopes. Despite its focus on racial tensions, the book manages to avoid stereotypical portrayals. The rich language conveys powerful images such as “I wish my toes were roots./I’d grow into a pin oak and never go away.” The language uses literal descriptions, onomatopoeia, and metaphor. Phrases such as “good luck,” with the first word in the phrase in larger print than the second, imitate the sounds of tires on a road. The themes of memory and movement are conveyed through the misty quality of the oil painting illustrations and the multiple perspectives of the yellow station wagon as it heads north. Jessie’s concerns, such as whether she will like her new home and if she will have much in common with the children there, are common to many children as they move to a new city.The book is large and horizontal, so readers who are still struggling with fine motor skills can handle it quite readily. Endpapers with maps of the region the characters travel add to the sense of place in the story. The jacket design shows the family in its yellow station wagon. The title text and author attribution are in fonts which follow a curving line, adding to the book’s sense of movement. Inside, the text is printed with plenty of space around it so that the eye is easily drawn to it. The paper is high quality, glossy, and the binding is sewn together sturdily. At the end of the book, Ms. Harrington provides an author’s note explaining how the story reflects her own experience as a child moving from Alabama to Nebraska.Going North is an excellent book to introduce middle grade children to issues of segregation and to provide them with a connection to the lives of children from earlier time periods as they learn that some experiences, such as anxiety about going to a new place, are universal across time.

  • Lynsey
    2019-06-11 01:28

    Kindergarten – 8th gradeHarrington uses some poetic stanzas with in this book and also a varied amount of repetition. The vocabulary usage is rather remedial as the story is being told through the voice of a little girl. However, the subject matter actually required higher level thinking skills in order to clearly understand. The text is generally on a negative space beside the illustrations; however it is sometimes included within the illustration as well. The text is sometimes varied in size to represent increased volume. For example, the tire seems to be saying good luck, good luck, good luck. The font is increase to simulate the loud road-drum or road-beat. The illustrations appear to be old paintings. The pictures seem to have a layered effect. The gentle sweeping by the car windows adds another deminsion as if you are truly looking through a glass window. The pictures that depict the South seem to be in a darker palette and the pictures depicting the North are much brighter. This book would be appealing to children because it is about a family facing adversity and being brave on a very dangerous trip. It is very simple and to the point about describing the dangers that face the family as they move North. The only thing I think could be difficult for a younger listener is the idea of slavery and no integration and being able to explain such a complex topic in a simple way to understand. I think this book is great! It shows a different time and place than where we live today. It shows how we have grown as a nation. The best part of this book is that it is a true story, which I feel makes the reader connect more emotionally to what is being said.Classroom Connection:Social Studies- slavery, segregation and the changes made to help provide more equality to everyoneMath/Geography- where did the story start, where did it end, how long did they travel

  • Jordan Schwab
    2019-05-28 03:10

    Going North is a book about an African American family moving from Alabama to Nebraska in the north looking for freedom. The actual illustrations of the book accompanies the darkness of segregation with the color scheme. This ties together nicely. When I first picked up the book I figured the title was pretty straight forward. This gave me a good idea of what the book was going to be about. The narrator of the book is one of the little girls in the family. This makes the book more relatable to children. The end pages and front matter include information and images that tie into the plot of the book. This includes maps and an author's note that tell you about why the story was written in the first place. The illustrations also give you an idea of the character that will be telling the story. The images are not very detailed when it comes to the faces of the characters. They are also sort of blurred when you look at them which could correlate to how southern America saw African Americans lives as with little value. The text is in a simple font and goes in a rhythm similar to what you would hear driving on the road. This makes sense because of how the entire book they are traveling in a yellow car. Sometimes the text is in a white section next to the pictures and sometimes it is on top of the pictures. When the text is laying over the illustrations it is harder to read.I like the author's note in the back because it lets the reader know that this was an actual issue in America and it applies to peoples' lives today.

  • Andrew
    2019-06-20 02:06

    Summary: This autobiographical story follows an African-American family on their difficult move from Alabama to Nebraska in the 1960s. The journey presents special complications for the young narrator, her siblings, and her parents; they can only buy fuel at "Negro stations" and shop in "Negro stores." Jessie has reservations about leaving all the good things she knows in the South but grows increasingly optimistic about improved prospects elsewhere as she gets farther from home. After several anxious days of driving, the travelers finally arrive in Lincoln, their new frontier. Lagarrigue's paintings are subdued but powerful and well-suited to Harrington's somber, poetic narrative voice. Contrasting shades and changing textures are used to evoke the characters' emotions and to highlight the passing landscape. On the endpapers, an outline map showing the family's journey is painted on a road map, setting the tone for the book. A brief author's note is appended.(Thanks Amazon)Written By: Janice N. HarringtonAudience: Grades 3-5Social Issues: Civil Rights, FamilyUses: Read Aloud, Shared Reading, Guided ReadingAwards/Recommended By: BCCB Blue Ribbon Award

  • Lindsay Garber
    2019-06-14 07:23

    Personal Reaction:Going North by Janice N. Harrington is a compelling story that is told from a young daughter's point of view. My initial reaction to the story was how well Janice N. Harrington helps the reader understand the hardships and emotional struggle that African Americans faced due to their unequal treatment. Examples include the young daughter wondering, "But isn't it good here? Can't we just stay?". Children will enjoy hearing this story from the perspective of someone their age.Purposes:-Read aloud to 1-2 graders-Understanding of the Civil Rights and how African Americans were treatedCurriculum:-Discussion of the Civil Rights; Harrington brings up perfect topics that I will be able to teach my students such as the reasons why the African Americans moved north or why they "can't stop just anywhere" and had to go to specific stores that were only for African Americans.

  • Angela Bair
    2019-06-21 02:18

    Sitting at the supper table in the kitchen at Big Mama’s house, a little girl learns that her family will be leaving their home in Alabama and travel North to Lincoln, Nebraska where they hope to find employment, better schools, and avoid segregation. They are pioneers on a journey to search for new opportunities up North. Traveling through the segregated South was dangerous and difficult. Most public places such as gas stations, diners, and hotels are reserved for “whites only.” After counting the miles and almost running out of gas they stop at a Negro owned gas station to fill up, and make to their destination. Young readers will enjoy the illustrative autobiographical story written in lyrical free verse of an African-American family’s journey from the segregated South to the new frontier of Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • Bridgette Hossbach
    2019-06-12 04:17

    Book: Going NorthAuthor: Janice N. HarringtonIllustrator: jerome Lagarrigue Pages: 40This book brings you to the scene of 1964 when family's were traveling away from the south in search of jobs and a better life for their children. Many African family's went north to find work during this time because of the hostility of racism that was rapid in the south. This book discusses how inherently unequal "separate but equal" was. The family must stop at only certain gas stations and restaurants during their journey and they hope to not run out of gas before they make it to their stop. This book turns a begining reader into a pioneer as they traveling along in the banana bright station wagon. The writing has a rhythmic style that will be appealing to students. The illustrations have a sense of movement with the blurred lines that add to the story as well.

  • L13_brian_mihovilovich
    2019-06-24 06:26

    This book follows the main character Jessie, a young African-American girl as her family travels from Alabama to Nebraska in the 1960’s. Even though it is written through the eyes of a young girl, the themes addressed in it are very adult. From ”Negro only” gas stations to “Negro Only” stores, you get a glimpse into the life and climate of the 1960’s. Her journey does start off very worrisome, however as time goes on and they get closer to their new home Jessie starts seeing the possibilities of a new life. The illustrations of the story were marvelous and really affect the mood of the story. There are maps on the pages that even show the journey that the family has taken which can spawn a lot of discussion if outside resources are brought in. There is even a brief author’s note at the back of the book which again can add to discussion about the time period.

  • Ashley
    2019-06-23 03:32

    The text in Going North is different then in any other book I have read before. There is a rhythm of the text throughout the book made by repetition of words and rhyming of the last words of everyother lines. At first it feels like the repetition and rhyming are randomly placed throughtout the book, but as the story continues you feel like it is purposely placed. Towars the ending the rhythm of the book does mimic a drum or as the book calls it "the roads drum". Also, looking at the art (pictures) of the book I noticed that they seemed to be vague and were not clear. Almost as if they could be any African American family traveling north. I liked that aspect of the book. The fact that it does not just tell the story of one family, but that it gives the reader a chance to realize that it could be any family.

  • Rachel
    2019-06-07 02:17

    This book was not as good as some of the others on the Nebraska to read list. There was something missing from the book, I just felt there was something missing.

  • Carolina
    2019-05-31 01:21

    This book is about Jesse and her family who are traveling north from Alabama to Alaska for a better life. She travels with her father, mother, sister and baby brother by car. During their road trip, the family runs out of gas and come across a gas station that does not allow black people. The family keeps traveling in search of another gas station where black people are welcomed. This story is beautifully written to resemble a poem. The illustrations resemble brush stroke paintings. Due to the content of this book and their understanding of segregation recommend this book for 2-5th graders in teaching who are learning about history and poems structure.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-06-03 03:18

    With the word written in the rhythm of the road, Jessie and her family are moving from Alabama to Lincoln, Nebraska. They make the move so her daddy can find a job. In the 1960's this was a very dangerous trip to make. Black families could only get gas at Black stations or eat at Black restaurants. Water and restrooms were restricted as well. The KKK could pick on anyone without a reason which added to the danger. During the drive they almost ran out of gas. But when they saw Lincoln on the horizon, they felt like pioneers explorimg a new place with all the hopes and promises hanging in front of them.

  • Traci Bold
    2019-06-21 02:14

    As a child, I always wondered what African American kids from the south thought when they arrived in the North. Now I know firsthand by reading this book what at least one child thought when she arrived in the north and what's even more intriguing, her journey to get there.The journey is literal as in the car ride and what she saw as she looked out the windows. I found it heartwrenching, full of wonder and awe.Written by Janice N Harrington, illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue and published as a Melanie Kroupa Book by Farrar Straus Giroux.#PB #diversity #journey #family

  • Janna
    2019-06-16 01:17

    In this book the illustrator uses pictures that look almost fuzzy with unclear edges and lines. I think these illustrations can make the story seem like it's not just this one family that had this experience but many other families could be substituted into the story that had the same experiences. This book is also unique because it has a rhythm throughout its text. There are words that are repeated three times that mimic the tires on the road. It’s described as “the road-beat, road-drum.” There are also some lines that rhyme throughout the story that adds to the rhythm.

  • Real Supergirl
    2019-05-30 00:27

    This is a very musical and rhythmic story, which is why I think my son loves it so much. Like Richard Wright and the Library Card, we get one very concrete example of racism (not being able to go to just any gas station) that kids can relate to as a way to open up conversations about racism in the past and present. It's a journey story about a family's move from segregated Alabama to Nebraska in search of freedom.

  • Kayla Heenan
    2019-05-27 04:26

    This is a great book to read to students from first grade to fifth grade during black history month. It reminds me a lot of the book I read a few weeks ago, Almost to Freedom. However, this book takes place after slavery. Racism was just a huge part in the book and the black family was leaving Alabama to find a better life. I thought this was a great story to show the history of our country that I will believe kids will enjoy. I will for sure try to have this book in my classroom library.

  • Jackie
    2019-06-19 07:32

    Based on the author's childhood experiences, Going North is the story of an African-American family leaving Alabama and the South behind to find a better way of life and livelihood in Lincoln, Nebraska. Filled with gorgeous, muted illustrations that speak to the fear and excitement of moving to a new way of life. A good introduction for young readers to learn about the segregated South and the dreams of a young family to make a new life in a northern state.

  • Megan MacDonald
    2019-06-21 23:03

    A very insprational, rivoting book! I really enjoyed the illustrations that went along with the words and also the way the words are written on the pages. This book is very important to see the way people had to travel to a better life, and some still do so today. The moral is also very important, that family must stick together and be brave.

  • Julie Rowse
    2019-06-26 03:18

    I have not read a lot of children's books that reflect diverse experiences--adult and YA books, yes. Not children's. I really liked this one--the illustrations were lovely, and the story would provide valuable exposure for young children to some of the difficulties African-Americans faced during the Civil Rights era.

  • Matthew
    2019-06-04 02:23

    This was an excellent story that revealed itself to be kind of a memoir of the author's early childhood experience moving from rural Alabama to Lincoln, Nebraska during the time of segregation and Jim Crow laws. The literary devices and the wonderful descriptive language really set this book apart.

  • Rani
    2019-05-30 00:04

    Leaving Big Mama and all friends and relatives, a family travels from Alabama to Lincoln, Nebraska. It is not a smooth ride because they are black and not everybody will serve them with what they need.