Going North

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
Going North 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 Nebr

  • Title: Going North
  • Author: Janice N. Harrington Jerome Lagarrigue
  • ISBN: 9780374326814
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. 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 vari [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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. pa [...]

    4. 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 tensio [...]

    5. 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 enligh [...]

    6. 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 j [...]

    7. 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 a [...]

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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 s [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 c [...]

    13. 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 a [...]

    14. 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.Purp [...]

    15. 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 cou [...]

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 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 poss [...]

    18. 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 (picture [...]

    19. 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.

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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 hori [...]

    22. 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 Me [...]

    23. 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.” [...]

    24. 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.

    25. 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.

    26. 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.

    27. 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.

    28. 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.

    29. 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.

    30. 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.

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