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Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Faith Ringgold
Date of Publication:
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Sep. 2001

Synopsis: Cassie, who flew above New York in Tar Beach, soars into the sky once more. This time, she and her brother Be Be meet a train full of people, and Be Be joins them. But the train departs before Cassie can climb aboard. With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the real Underground Railroad and is finally reunited with her brother at the story's end.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Make a quilt placemat out of different pieces of paper, or weave one as in the book.
•  Make a flying train bookmark. What freedom message would you put on it?
•  Make a map (like the one at the end of the book?), and trace the path they took. Add symbols to show their journey.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!