The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom with 20 Projects

The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom with 20 Projects

In The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom, learn about the tens of thousands of African American men, women, and children who risked their lives to gain their freedom, and the thousands more who risked their lives to help.

  • The institution of slavery and the escape of slaves to freedom continues to affect today’s world and is prevalent in news stories that readers are exposed to.
  • Uses primary sources to engage readers in scholarly deconstruction of relevant material.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.99

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL X

Subjects

  • US History

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In The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom, learn about the tens of thousands of African American men, women, and children who risked their lives to gain their freedom, and the thousands more who risked their lives to help.

  • The institution of slavery and the escape of slaves to freedom continues to affect today’s world and is prevalent in news stories that readers are exposed to.
  • Uses primary sources to engage readers in scholarly deconstruction of relevant material.

Praise for other books by Judy Dodge Cummings:

The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence
Publishers Weekly
“Readers can take a hands-on approach to learning about the American Revolution in this addition to the Build It Yourself series . . . . Sidebars supplement the material with vocabulary definitions, trivia, and additional information about such figures as Thomas Paine, Benedict Arnold, and Phillis Wheatley. Cartoon illustrations and 25 activities create a lively learning experience . . .”

Children’s Literature
“. . . . Readers will encounter a combination of learning tools that help shed light on the watershed events that embodied the American Revolution in this insightful book. Author Judy Dodge Cummings anchors her storytelling with a well-written and sprightly narrative, including sidebar tales of important people, battles, and happenings that shaped the wars outcome . . . activities are fun and include such things as building a mock fort, creating disappearing ink, making a soldier’s bread ration, and otherwise recreating aspects of Colonial life. This approach should appeal to readers and helps make this a fun book filled with multiple approaches to learning.”

School Library Journal
“Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution. . . Along with the standard textual information, pages are filled with sidebars, vocabulary words, and definitions, and QR codes that provide access to primary sources.”

Jamie Kallio, author and youth services librarian, Chicago, Illinois
“A fresh look at a defining moment in American history. With its bright and colorful pages, active language, and interesting sidebars, The American Revolution asks pertinent questions and suggests hands-on activities to encourage young readers. Provides a full picture of the experience of American independence as our new country found its way.”

Jodi Baker, elementary teacher, adjunct professor, and educational consultant
“This interactive book will captivate the imaginations of young readers. Hearing both sides of the story encourages students to think for themselves and reflect upon the historical causes and effects of the American Revolution.”

Claire Rudolf Murphy, author
“As a writer of nonfiction for young readers, I know how important it is to make history engaging and entertaining. Cummings’ book pulls it off on all fronts. The primary source material is exceptional, featuring the stories of not only colonial leaders, but also the often ignored people behind the scenes—the women, children, black slaves and Native Americans who also played a part. Cummings’ clear explanations of events make this book a valuable addition to the study of the colonial period.”

From other titles in the Build It series:
Praise for Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself
The New York Times Book Review
“. . . a fascinating gem of a book.”

Praise for Great George Washington Projects You Can Build Yourself 
Booklist Spotlight on Crafts Top 10 Pick
“This very readable account of Washington’s life is paired with appealing projects from the colonial period.”

Praise for Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects
Booklist
“Propounding the emerging interdisciplinary paradigm of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics), this hands-on informational book discusses how cities’ complex structures and systems function together in an interdependent way. . . Basics of civil engineering are introduced and potential future problems of city life are explored. Through appealing illustrations, reader-friendly text, and fun, hands-on experiments suitable for home and classroom, Reilly helps foster an appreciation for the way that cities function almost as organisms with vibrant systems and interdependent structures.”

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Cook a Hoe Cake

The simple cornmeal pancake has long roots in America. It was George Washington’s favorite breakfast. The dish gets its name from a flat pan called a hoe griddle. Enslaved people did not have this type of griddle. Instead, they baked their corn cakes on garden hoes in fires near the fields where they worked. Try your hand at cooking this staple of a slave’s diet.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

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Judy Dodge Cummings

Judy Dodge Cummings has taught American history for 25 years. She has a BA in Broadfield Social Studies and a MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Teens. She is the author of numerous articles as well as The Civil War; Pope John Paul: Religious Leader and Humanitarian; and Exploring Polar Regions. Judy lives in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.

 


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Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.



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Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: X
Subjects: US History,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Praise for other books by Judy Dodge Cummings:

The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence
Publishers Weekly
“Readers can take a hands-on approach to learning about the American Revolution in this addition to the Build It Yourself series . . . . Sidebars supplement the material with vocabulary definitions, trivia, and additional information about such figures as Thomas Paine, Benedict Arnold, and Phillis Wheatley. Cartoon illustrations and 25 activities create a lively learning experience . . .”

Children’s Literature
“. . . . Readers will encounter a combination of learning tools that help shed light on the watershed events that embodied the American Revolution in this insightful book. Author Judy Dodge Cummings anchors her storytelling with a well-written and sprightly narrative, including sidebar tales of important people, battles, and happenings that shaped the wars outcome . . . activities are fun and include such things as building a mock fort, creating disappearing ink, making a soldier’s bread ration, and otherwise recreating aspects of Colonial life. This approach should appeal to readers and helps make this a fun book filled with multiple approaches to learning.”

School Library Journal
“Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution. . . Along with the standard textual information, pages are filled with sidebars, vocabulary words, and definitions, and QR codes that provide access to primary sources.”

Jamie Kallio, author and youth services librarian, Chicago, Illinois
“A fresh look at a defining moment in American history. With its bright and colorful pages, active language, and interesting sidebars, The American Revolution asks pertinent questions and suggests hands-on activities to encourage young readers. Provides a full picture of the experience of American independence as our new country found its way.”

Jodi Baker, elementary teacher, adjunct professor, and educational consultant
“This interactive book will captivate the imaginations of young readers. Hearing both sides of the story encourages students to think for themselves and reflect upon the historical causes and effects of the American Revolution.”

Claire Rudolf Murphy, author
“As a writer of nonfiction for young readers, I know how important it is to make history engaging and entertaining. Cummings’ book pulls it off on all fronts. The primary source material is exceptional, featuring the stories of not only colonial leaders, but also the often ignored people behind the scenes—the women, children, black slaves and Native Americans who also played a part. Cummings’ clear explanations of events make this book a valuable addition to the study of the colonial period.”

From other titles in the Build It series:
Praise for Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself
The New York Times Book Review
“. . . a fascinating gem of a book.”

Praise for Great George Washington Projects You Can Build Yourself 
Booklist Spotlight on Crafts Top 10 Pick
“This very readable account of Washington’s life is paired with appealing projects from the colonial period.”

Praise for Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects
Booklist
“Propounding the emerging interdisciplinary paradigm of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics), this hands-on informational book discusses how cities’ complex structures and systems function together in an interdependent way. . . Basics of civil engineering are introduced and potential future problems of city life are explored. Through appealing illustrations, reader-friendly text, and fun, hands-on experiments suitable for home and classroom, Reilly helps foster an appreciation for the way that cities function almost as organisms with vibrant systems and interdependent structures.”


Projects

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Cook a Hoe Cake

The simple cornmeal pancake has long roots in America. It was George Washington’s favorite breakfast. The dish gets its name from a flat pan called a hoe griddle. Enslaved people did not have this type of griddle. Instead, they baked their corn cakes on garden hoes in fires near the fields where they worked. Try your hand at cooking this staple of a slave’s diet.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

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Judy Dodge Cummings

Judy Dodge Cummings has taught American history for 25 years. She has a BA in Broadfield Social Studies and a MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Teens. She is the author of numerous articles as well as The Civil War; Pope John Paul: Religious Leader and Humanitarian; and Exploring Polar Regions. Judy lives in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.

 

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Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.