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An easy-to-read, page-turning account of Harriet Tubman's life--from her childhood in slavery to her years as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to her later work as a suffragette and as a spy in the Civil War. This remarkable true story brings to life one of America's greatest female role models.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published December 19th 2000 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published December 2000)
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Apr 30, 2012 ABC rated it really liked it
Shelves: older-kids
This easy reader is about Harriet Tubman's life. I think I liked it more than my son did. There are a couple places that may be difficult for really young children to understand: First, she leaves her husband to escape. Second, while working to help slave escape north, she pulled a gun on a man who was scared to go further. But it also says things like she came back south to help her parents escape, so it is not all sad.
Aug 21, 2016 Disha rated it really liked it
Loved the book for more than one reason. The illustration by Teresa flavin is amazing.escape north writer has many facets which makes it interesting read even for adults. It has covered some historic info along with emphasis on qualities that kids need to develop. selflessness, courage, dreaming the impossible-the story of Harriet Tubman is worth a read. The book describes the slavery system and the fight against it aptly.

Nicola Mansfield
Oct 29, 2009 Nicola Mansfield rated it liked it
An easy reader chapter book briefly tells the story of Harriet Tubman's life and her heroic deeds to save other slaves by bringing them to Canada and later on her part in the Civil War. A good majority of the book is spent on her life as a child, and life before she escaped slavery so children can get to know her as a person first before they learn she is a hero. My only quibble is that the whole Canadian connection is skipped. The word Canada appears once in the book "take the group on to Canad ...more
Gerri L. Hokamp
Aug 05, 2016 Gerri L. Hokamp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wonderful book! I loved it and I'm 66 years old! Pictures were awesome and text was precise and well written.
Jennifer Bean
This is a good book which gives an historical account of what it was like to be an African American slave, particulary Harriet tubman, during Civil War times. The illustrations help enhance the young reader's comprehension.

Instructional possibilities:

Individual, parner or group reading

Use as a research tool for writing a report on Harriet Tubman or the Civil War.

After reading, use response questions to enhance what the students have read.

Have student draw a story map of Harriet Tubman's journey
Children's Literature Project
Oct 29, 2013 Children's Literature Project rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Guided Reading Level N.
Illustrated by Teresa Flavin

Harriet Tubman was a slave who ran to the north through the underground railroad. She traveled back to the south and lead over 300 people to freedom. This book talks about her childhood, escape methods her father taught her and her connections that enabled her to lead so many people to freedom.

This book is great for 1st and 2nd grade and for black history month.
Sarah Leesman
Oct 23, 2011 Sarah Leesman rated it liked it
This is a very informative book about the life of Harriet Tubman. It talked about her family and all of the survival skills that her parents taught her. It also talked about her childhood and the things that she went through such as being hit by a weight. This book is filled with pictures and has eight chapters. It is a great informational book about the life of Harriet Tubman.
Explorations in Literacy
An interesting unit for this book that evaluates a variety of historical perspectives:

Lesson 3 even implements a nonfiction text - The Fugitive Slave Bill of 1850 - for comparative purposes.
Aaron Alexander
Apr 19, 2012 Aaron Alexander rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, history
This would be a good book for first through third grade students to learn the story of Harriet Tubman and how she helped many slaves escape to freedom. It is a fairly long chapter book so it would mainly be used by more advanced readers in first grade in second grade.
Jun 17, 2013 Shelli rated it liked it
Some of the information given about Harriet Tubman is contrary to what I have read in other books. However, the book was written in a way that elementary age students 3rd grade and up can read and learn a bit about this amazing woman in our nation’s history.
Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge
I wanted to learn something new, that is why i chose this book. J.
Jan 07, 2009 Flannery rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I like this book because I lernd alout from the book.
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Monica Kulling was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. She received a BA in creative writing from the University of Victoria. Monica Kulling has published twenty-six fiction and nonfiction books for children, including picture books, poetry, and biographies. She is best known for introducing biography to children just learning to read and has written about Harriet Tubman, Houdini, Eleanor Rooseve ...more
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