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F. N. Monjo (1924–1978)

Författare till The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad

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Inkluderar namnen: F. N. Monjo, Ferdinand N. Monjo

Foto taget av: Ferdinand Nicolas Monjo (1924-1978)


Verk av F. N. Monjo

The One Bad Thing About Father (1970) 266 exemplar
Indian Summer (1968) 116 exemplar
Poor Richard in France (1973) 81 exemplar
The House on Stink Alley (1977) 52 exemplar
The Vicksburg Veteran (1971) 42 exemplar
Secret of the Sachem's Tree (1972) 41 exemplar
Slater's mill (1972) 17 exemplar

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Monjo, Ferdinand Nicholas III
Stamford, Connecticut, USA
New York, New York, USA
Columbia University (1946)
assistant director
editorial director in Books for Boys and Girls
Monjo, Justin (son)
Kort biografi
F. N. Monjo’s grandson, Ferdinand Nicholas Monjo III (1924–1978), became a popular children’s author, and wrote about his grandfather’s business in several of his books.

Ferdinand Nicolas Monjo was born August 28, 1924 in Stamford, Connecticut. He graduated from Columbia University in 1946 and worked as an editor and later assistant director and vice-president and editorial director in Books for Boys and Girls at several major publishing companies. In 1968, he published his first book for children, Indian Summer, the story of a frontier woman's struggle to save her family.

During the 1970s, Mr. Monjo published many other works of historical fiction, most written from "a child's point of view in an effort to humanize our forefathers." Critics praised his writing style for making "the child's voice authentically his own" and also lauded his attention to detail and "historical fact." Critics also praised his writing style for giving children "a fresh and appealing look at any number of otherwise overworked periods of history" and called him one of the best "in the writing of easy-reading history books." F. N. Monjo received several honors for his works: Poor Richard in France (1973) won the National Book Award in 1974 and The Drinking Gourd (1970) was an ALA (American Library Association) Notable Book. Today, it is perhaps his most remembered book.

He and his wife raised their four children in New York City. His youngest son, Justin Monjo, found an unfinished manuscript of his father's, which he subsequently finished: 3 Kinds of Scared was published by Allen & Unwin in September, 2003. F. N. Monjo died on October 9, 1978.



The rhyme is awkward at times, but overall this book is an informative and enjoyable complement to history studies about the Dutch revolt.
ImperfectCJ | 1 annan recension | Jun 28, 2020 |
This story falls under the genres of historical fiction and easy to read books. According to Scholastic, the readability level of this book was 1st to 3rd grade.The book was a beginning reader, chapter book with a controlled vocabulary that dealt with the subject of the Underground Railroad. In the story, a young boy discovers that his father is hiding fugitive slaves in their barn as part of the Underground Railroad. The boy learns more about the secret networks of people that make up the Underground Railroad as slaves escape their owners and travel to Canada for freedom. They follow the Big Dipper, or the Drinking Gourd, because the North Star will lead them to freedom. The boy and his father help Big Jeff, Vinnie, Little Jeff, and Pearl move further North on their journey to freedom while evading federal marshalls. I would definitely use this story in my classroom to help students understand more about the Civil War, Underground Railroad, and the risks that people took to help enslaved people reach freedom. After reading the story, I would have students hypothesize why Thomas and his father would help Big Jeff and his family, since it was illegal.… (mer)
Katie_Morgan | 15 andra recensioner | Apr 14, 2020 |
I found this at the Wake Co. library's book sale. I'll have to see if I can find some more in this series for my nephew. It's a simple early-reader about the underground railroad.
hopeevey | 15 andra recensioner | May 19, 2018 |
The Drinking Gourd

While sitting in church Tommy used an apple core and some fishing line to catch a goose, Tommy disrupted the church congregation when he caught the goose. Tommy's father sent him home, where Tommy discovered four runaway slaves in the barn. The slaves were Jeff,Vinnie, Little Jeff, and Pearl, when Tommy's father got home he allowed Tommy to come with him to transport the slaves by following the Big Dipper, but the slaves called it the Drinking Gourd. The slaves used the Drinking Gourd to follow the North Star to get to Canada. They took a wagon full of hay, Jeff and his family hid in the hay during the trip. After the slaves were taken to a boat at a river Tommy was sent home with the wagon where he waited for his father to return home later that night.

I thought this was a good story about the underground railroad. I thought it showed how the underground railroad worked and escaping slavery very well. Tommy's father is a character that wants to help the slaves and wants slavery to be illegal. The setting was the countryside of South Carolina. I can relate to this by the want to help people, like Tommy's' father helping Jeff and his family.

Extension Ideas:
1. The story could be an introduction on a unit on the underground
2.The story can teach about slavery.
3.The story can show what slaves had to do to escape.
… (mer)
TylerPelley | 15 andra recensioner | Oct 19, 2017 |



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