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The Resource Follow me down to Nicodemus town : based on the history of the African American pioneer settlement, A. LaFaye ; pictures by Nicole Tadgell

Follow me down to Nicodemus town : based on the history of the African American pioneer settlement, A. LaFaye ; pictures by Nicole Tadgell

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Follow me down to Nicodemus town : based on the history of the African American pioneer settlement
Title
Follow me down to Nicodemus town
Title remainder
based on the history of the African American pioneer settlement
Statement of responsibility
A. LaFaye ; pictures by Nicole Tadgell
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Language
eng
Summary
When Dede sees a notice offering land for black people in Kansas, her family decides to quit sharecropping and become homesteading pioneers
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Illustration
Review
  • Grades K-3 Growing up in the South during the 1870s, Dede dreams that someday she and her parents can stop sharecropping and start farming their own land. With hard work, long hours, and a bit of luck, they gather enough money to move to Kansas and claim “land for colored folks” near Nicodemus, a new town on the prairie. Treated kindly by their neighbors, they spend several years fencing, planting, and harvesting in order to prove their claim on the land. When they succeed, their community gathers to celebrate outside their dugout home. An appended note comments on sharecropping, the Exodusters, the forced removal of Native Americans from the Great Plains, and the history of Nicodemus. LaFaye, whose novel Worth (2004) won the Scott O’Dell Award, lets Dede tell her story and grounds it in engaging period details of her everyday experiences. In a series of emotionally resonant pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, Tadgell clearly expresses the aspirations, labors, and emotions of the main characters. An appealing picture book exploring a part of pioneer history that deserves to be more widely known. -- Carolyn Phelan (Reviewed 12/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 7, p63)
  • A little girl and her family join the Kansas land rush. The cover welcomes readers into this story about Dede Patton and her family. Both of Dede's parents work extra jobs, and Dede shines shoes at the train station, all in hopes of paying off their sharecropping debt so they can move west. But no matter how much they work, they don't make enough (context on the sharecropping economy is provided in a note). An act of providence changes their fortunes when honest Dede returns a customer's wallet and receives a monetary reward. Though not remarked upon, the fact that without this windfall the Pattons might never have realized their dream is chilling. The lovely, warm watercolor illustrations highlight the beauty of the prairie, particularly the wide expanse of grass and sky. In Kansas, the Pattons stake their land claim, but winter is harsh. Thankfully, when food and fuel run low, Ni-u-kon-ska (Osage) neighbors lend aid. Eventually more people arrive, African-American like the Pattons; their settlement becomes a town, and the Pattons' dream of holding the deed for their land is realized. The closing note acknowledges the displacement of the Ni-u-kon-ska people—another opportunity for exploration. That the many all-black settlements on the prairie have been whitewashed out of U.S. history makes this book an important one. Visually charming, enjoyable, and educational. (Picture book. 4-9) (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10750682
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
LaFaye, A
Dewey number
[E]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1969-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Tadgell, Nicole
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Nicodemus (Kan.)
  • West (U.S.)
  • West (U.S.)
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • African Americans
  • Kansas
Target audience
primary
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
based on the history of the African American pioneer settlement
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Follow me down to Nicodemus town : based on the history of the African American pioneer settlement, A. LaFaye ; pictures by Nicole Tadgell
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Control code
on1037897997
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780807525357
Lccn
2018018106
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)1037897997
Label
Follow me down to Nicodemus town : based on the history of the African American pioneer settlement, A. LaFaye ; pictures by Nicole Tadgell
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
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on1037897997
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780807525357
Lccn
2018018106
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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(OCoLC)1037897997

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