Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town

Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town ✧ Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town Books ✩ Author A. LaFaye – Albert Whitman Has Bought The Picture Book Follow Me Down To Nicodemus Town Written By A LaFaye And Illustrated By Nicole Tadgell The Book Tells The Story Of Young Dede And Her Family Who, Along With 40,000 Exodusters, Joined The Northern Migration Of African Americans From The Jim Crow South Of Reconstruction, To The Pioneering Midwest, With Hopes Of Staking A Claim And Securing A Home To Call Their Own Publication Is Slated For Fall 2019.

  • 4.5
  • 8290
  • 02 April 2017
  • Hardcover
  • Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town
  • A. LaFaye

10 thoughts on “Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town

  1. Bruno Lieto says:

    This book is a heartwarming narrative of hope and overcome hardship centered around a young girl named Dede Her and her parents start as sharecroppers, and slowly but surely work up enough money by taking extra jobs to move to the Kansas prairies and make a claim on their own land This story is one that is meant to show how with hard work anyone can overcome their struggles and accomplish something great, ...

  2. Missy says:

    One of my favorite picture books is I Have Heard of a Land by Joyce Carol Thomas, which tells the story of an African American woman who strikes out to homestead in Oklahoma It is a lovely, lyrical story Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town provides a detailed account of a similar story Young Dede relates her family s journey from working as sharecroppers to becoming landowners It s a nearly impossible goal, with endless toil to raise enough money to pay off their debt to the landowner The sharecropping system was designed to essentially enslave the workers paying off their debt was nearly impossible But through an act of happenstance, the family s dream of working as hard as ever, but on their own land comes true The remainder of the book tells of the family s effort to survive on the land, supported by the kindnesses of a Native American man and other nearby homesteading families Author LaFaye gives a name to the Native American and explains that he is o...

  3. Rinda Beach says:

    This cover made me pick up the book, and the story led me back to the late 1870 s when Nicodemus Town was founded by the Exodusters They left slavery, then sharecropping behind to stake new homes in Kansas This fictional story is a great way to learn their history Dede s family is saving up to buy their way free from sharecropping Papa farms by day and builds furniture by night Mama sews dresses when her work is done, and Dede shines shoes at the railroad station That s where she spots an add for free homesteads in Kansas Read how Dede and her family made it to Nicodemus Town Continue on to the back matter and the story of the real Exodusters Their name is biblical, from Exodus and its story of Moses leading hi...

  4. Aileen Stewart says:

    Follow Me Down To Nicodemus Town, tempted me almost as much as cake And I really love cake The story is that of the history of the African American pioneer settlement at Nicodemus town as seen through the eyes of, Dede, a child whose family saved their hard earned money and took a chance on free land i...

  5. Jenna Grodzicki says:

    Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town tells the story of Dede and her family, Exodusters who settled in Nicodemus, Kansas Their story is one of hard work, hope, and a bit of luck Tadgell s gorgeous illustrations complement LaFaye s beautiful text This is a must have for classrooms and libraries everyw...

  6. MaryLibrarianOH says:

    A historical fiction picture book that shows how a family of sharecroppers went to Kansas and got land of their own They were also helped by a Native American tribe Not entirely sure how accurate the Native American interaction is.

  7. Kelly says:

    Good story, and told well.

  8. Rachel says:

    A very solid look at an important time and place in history.

  9. Amanda says:

    A different take on the American West lovely illustrations.

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