Written by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
Illustrated by Anna Rich
Inspired by tales of communication on the Underground Railroad, author Elizabeth Van Steenwyk presents a powerful story of rhythm and craft in nineteenth century America—with beautiful oil paintings by illustrator Anna Rich and back matter that includes more information about the Underground Railroad. Blacksmith's Song offers a unique angle on the folklore of the secret communication channels between slaves as they traveled towards freedom.
“An intriguing new angle on an important story.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A plausible, powerful vision of ingenuity and daring in action.” —Publishers Weekly
“A shadowy color palette situates the narrative in the twilight and moonlit hours, perfectly complementing the suspense of the plot…. Ending on a hopeful note, the book brings this piece of hidden history to life.” —Booklist
“Inspired by tales of the Underground Railroad and its innovative methods of communication, a perilous story of courage and cunning unfolds” —Foreword Reviews
“The design of every spread lends itself well to an oral reading or presentation, which would serve as a stimulus for more in-depth information or discussion on the topics of slavery and the Civil War….a welcome addition to an introduction of the Underground Railroad.” —School Library Connection
Blacksmith's Song is just one example of the many different stories surrounding communication on the Underground Railroad. For some great book pairings, as well as more resources and information about communication on the Underground Railroad and the significance of this folklore, check out the links below.
Blacksmith's Song Book Pairings
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