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Moses by Carole Boston Weatherford
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Nov 02, 11

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Read in November, 2011

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom is historical fiction for primary to intermediate readers and a Caldecott Honor Book. The book follows Harriet Tubman as she embarks on her journey to freedom. The story begins with Harriet talking to God about being sold to another master and being separated from her family. Harriet ultimately decides she would rather die than be a slave and flees the Plantation. Harriet gets weary on her journey, but her faith in God keeps her going. Once free, Harriet obeys God and returns to the Plantation and leads many other slaves to freedom. This story is so well written the reader actually gets lost in it and falls in love with Harriet Tubman. I usually prefer bright and colorful illustrations over dark and gloomy; however, these illustrations are so striking that there is nothing to dislike. They are beautiful and engaging and reinforce the concepts in the text. Young readers will absolutely love this book because the story is engaging and the illustrations are intriguing. This book would be great for introducing to children to slavery and helping them understand the Underground Railroad. It would also a great introduction to the concept of faith, overcoming fear, and determination. This book is pretty versatile and can be used in traditional classrooms as well as Sunday School classes.
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