Ruth Ellen's odyssey on the New York Bound Silver Meteor is the start of a new life up North that she can't begin to imagine in this gorgeously illustrated picture book.
In poems, illustrated with collage art, a perceptive girl tells the story of her train journey from North Carolina to New York City as part of the Great Migration. Each leg of the trip brings new revelations as scenes out the window of folks working in fields give way to the Delaware River, the curtain that separates the colored car is removed, and glimpses of the freedom and opportunity the family hopes to find come into view.
Overground Railroad offers a window into a child's experience of the Great Migration from the award-winning creators behind Before She was Harriet.
"Ransome’s watercolor-and-collage illustrations effectively capture both the historical setting and the trepidation of a family who though not enslaved, nevertheless must escape as if they were. Cotton bolls throughout the images accentuate cotton’s economic dominance in the sharecropping system. A beautiful portrayal of a historic and arduous family journey northward." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||5 - 9|
|Illustrator||James E. Ransome|
|Publication Date||Jan 7, 2020|