This is the story of the great migration of African-Americans from the south to the north during the reconstruction years when Jim Crow laws made the South a difficult place to live. Their stories (told here through their voices arranged as poetry and through beautiful illustrations that combine photography with color and realistic sketching) include hope, heartbreak, disillusion, determination, joy, fear, and fulfillment. Some of the images are stunning. My favorites include one of a train passing a cornfield (but if you look closely you can see people amid the stalks) and an image of the train tracks, with a part of a map of the united states between the rails, so that at the rails get smaller in the distance, the mat moves north to Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and beyond.) This is a lot of history here -- and a lot of heart too. Good for 2nd and third on up (really, any older kid who isn't ashamed to be reading a picture book).
Konnecke, Ole (2011) Anton can do Magic Weillington, New Zeeland: Gecko Press