A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman

A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman

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Biography of the black woman who escaped from slavery to become famous as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.
Publisher: New York, NY : Holiday House, [1992]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 9780823410651
082341065X
9780823409266
0823409260
Branch Call Number: J B TUBMA ADLER
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Byrd, Samuel - Illustrator

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Jul 11, 2018

This book is clearly written while still being dramatic enough to hold the attention of a five year old who actually prefers dinosaurs to humans. It gives a thorough history of Tubman and how awesome she was, and plenty of background about American slavery.

My one complaint is that there are a few places where the sentence construction is unnecessarily passive, e.g. "The slaves worked hard all day, but they weren't paid." or "Harriet saw two of her sisters taken away in chains." Some writers might feel that admitting who chose to do these things is too intense for kids, but I disagree. It creates an absence in history if we can't write "White slaveowners forced their slaves to work hard all day, but didn't pay them," or "White slave traders put two of Harriet's sisters in chains and took them away." Failing to tell kids the truth about history isn't doing them any favors.

Still, overall this is a great book and I was glad to read it to my kid.

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