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Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  838 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Illus. in full color. Cassie, who flew above New York in Tar Beach, soars into the sky once more. This time, she and her brother Be Be meet a train full of people, and Be Be joins them. But the train departs before Cassie can climb aboard. With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the real Underground Railroad and is finally reunit ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published December 12th 1995 by Dragonfly Books (first published November 24th 1992)
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Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mariah by: Raymond
Thanks to one of my Goodreads' friends, I was suggested the author Faith Ringgold. My class will be reading all her picture books that my library has because they are great for our Black History Month unit.

This book had a really cool theme and was very educational. It introduced the story of Harriet Tubman in a really cute way. Then it went through how she helped slaves. The students really clung to this book as asked questions. This book was extremely well put together and very creative.

I real
Christi Dukette
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
From the Author of Caldecott winner Tar Beach, Faith Ringgold, this book is a magical interpretation of the inspirational strength and courage shown by Harriet Tubman.
Cassie and her brother, Be Be, embark on a magical adventure through history. They meet a woman know as Aunt Harriet for all those she cares for. Harriet is wearing a conductors uniform and is helping people on a strange train. Harriet helps Cassie to truly understand the struggles that were endured by those trying to escape slave
Robert Leabo
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky, by Faith Ringgold. Published by Dragonfly Books in 1995. 32 pages.
In the book a young Faith is dreaming that she and her brother are flying. He gets lost on the “Underground Railroad,” and with Harriet Tubman’s help, must retrace a slave’s steps to find him in Canada. With the help of friends and familiar faces, Faith begins her journey! 5 stars.
2nd and 3rd grade. Lexile: 760 L; G.R: R
This book is fantastic for a cross- curricular social studies
(NS) Lisa
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Cassie and Be Be are soaring among the stars far above the mountains and oceans when they come across an old ramshackled train in the sky. Be Be jumps aboard but Cassie is to late. What follows is a life changing expedition to Canada on the underground railroad with Aunt Harriet as the conductor guiding the children on a journey from slavery to freedom. Though the children are separated at the beginning of the trip they keep in contact with notes left along the way. The children are able to expe ...more
Rebecca Ashley Teague
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky tells the story of two young siblings, Cassie and Be Be, who are traveling the Underground Railroad to freedom, just like generations before them did. The two are separated and Cassie, with the help of Harriet Tubman, has to trace her brother’s steps in order to find him. Along the way, Cassie takes the same journey that generations before her did. In the end, Cassie and her brother are reunited. The story is very imaginative, but at the same time g ...more
Shu M
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cassie flew to the sky on top of New York City with her brother, Be Be. They were departed when the train drove away before Be Be could hop on the train. Cassie was trying to escape as a slave. She listened to Harriet Tubman's guidance and escaped her life as a slave. She met her brother once again and flew up to the sky at the end of the story. I think this book is very informational that could help children to understand how life was like as a slavery. I would recommend it for k-2 children.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nf-f-pair
Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky is an adorable book about two young siblings who are lost. With the help of Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad, they are reunited. I believe this is a great book for grades 1-3. If you're introducing the concept of slavery, and slave escapes to students then this is a good way to do it. The illustrator does a great job at using bright, bold and exaggerated colors. Students are sure to wish they were flying high in the sky. When I first read ...more
Rachel Dooley
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nf-f
Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky gives a nice twist on Harriet Tubman’s road to freedom. Cassie and her brother Be Be are separated, but with the assistance of Harriet and the Underground Railroad, Cassie and Be Be are reunited and fly up to the sky at the end. This fantasy is wonderfully imaginative, with full colored illustrations that children will love.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad by Faith Ringgold received the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award in 1993 for publishing a book that advances the causes of peace and social equality. I really enjoyed learning about the historical event of the Underground Railroad from a young child’s view point, Cassie, as she flew through the sky with Harriet Tubman guiding her way as the conductor of the train. I felt like the book presented a complicated topic, slavery, in a manner that this age group coul ...more
This children book captivated me in the sense of informing me about Slavery, Underground Railroad for children, the illustration, and the different messages included into the picture in terms of severity of what Slaves were risking with Harriet Tubman.

Even though I wish slavery did not existed, I am grateful that it happen in a period where I did not existed because many people today proclaim they would have defended African Americans and slaves when in reality that would not seem likely because
Israel Graves
Dec 11, 2011 rated it liked it
(historical picture book)
This picture book connects children with the fantasy of being able to fly and history as they follow Cassie, her little brother Be Be and Harriey Tubman on the journey to learn about slavery, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Many times children can get bored with the idea of history but this book most certainly takes the boredom out of learning history! Cassie's little brother Be Be is curious about the train that they encounter during this flying journey so
McKenzie Ryan
Oct 30, 2017 added it
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"Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky” by Faith Ringgold; published by Dragonfly Books; Decorah, Iowa; copyright 1995

1. Awards the book has received: This book has not received any awards.

2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for first through third grade.

3. Summary: Cassie, who made her first appearance in a previous book Tar Beach goes on another adventure. This time she is greeted by Harriet Tubman or as she calls herself Aunt Harriet, in her sky travels. This happ
With stunningly vibrant illustrations, this picture book allows readers to follow a possible route to Canada as slaves sought freedom. Cassie, the protagonist of Tar Beach, and her brother meet Harriet Tubman while they are flying through the sky. Be Be climbs aboard the train to freedom that Harriet is conducting. While following him, Cassie gets a history lesson from the woman who came to be called Moses because of her ability to bring some of her people to freedom or Canada, which some came t ...more
Melissa Cellini
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold allows you to delve into a time period with main character Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who experiences the dangers and challenges associated with traveling on the Underground Railroad. One evening, Cassie and her younger brother Bebe, decide to take a break and fly in the sky. During their journey, they come across a train that is run by conductor, Harriet Tubman. The train is taking African American slaves to the North to be freed fr ...more
Stephanie Koerner
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Grade/interest level: preK-3rd
Reading level: 760L
Fountas and Pinnell: R
Genre: Historical Fictions

Main Characters: Cassie, Be Be, Harriet Tubman
Setting: in the sky along the path of the Underground Railroad, 1949 (the 100 year anniversary of the Underground Railroad)
POV: Cassie's

In this book, Cassie and her younger brother, Be Be, are flying with the stars one night and see an old railroad and train. Be Be’s youthful curiosity gets the best of him and he hops aboard, but Cassie big siste
Casey Koch
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cassie, who flew above New York in Tar Beach, now soars among the stars with her little brother Be Be. They come across a mysterious freedom train in the sky and meet its conductor Harriet Tubman. While Be Be hops aboard the train right away, Cassie holds back and has to trail the train on foot, following the path of her slave ancestors, who took the Underground Railroad north to freedom. Aided by Tubman's whispering voice, Cassie escapes from a plantation, hides in the woods and swamps, and lea ...more
Maribel Galvez
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Grade/interest level: Primary (K-2)
Reading level: 4.7 (Lexile 760L)
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Main Characters: Harriet Tubman, Cassie, Be Be
Setting: Various southern states
POV: Cassie

As Cassie and her baby brother fly through the sky, they see a ramshackled train. Be Be decides to jump on the train to join a tiny woman in a conductor’s uniform. Cassie wants Be Be to come back and is afraid her parents will never forgive her for letting him go. Suddenly, Harriet Tubman introduces hersel
This book is beautifully illustrated and is a wonderful way to have young children begin to understand what went on during slavery in America. Faith Ringgold uses beautiful words that create strong imagery and that stretch our imaginations as the reader. This would be a wonderful book to have children create a mobile or some visual representation of what they have learned from the story (e.g. characters, themes, plot, etc.) I also like that at the end Ringgold offers suggestions for further read ...more
Maggie Sideris
Jun 02, 2016 marked it as to-read
Title: Aunt Harriet 19s Underground Railroad in the Sky.
Grade Level: Preschool-2nd grade
Summary: This book is about the adventures of Cassie and her brother Be Be. Cassie and Be Be fly and meet a bunch of people on a train, and Be Be joins them, but the train leaves before Cassie has the chance to get on board. So Harriet Tubman guides her through the paths of slaves that escaped, and Cassie and her brother get reunited.
Review: This book is a very entertaining way toe teach children about Harri
Lindsay Bunchman
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is a great resource for teachers who are discussing Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Student readers will be able to get a glimpse into what it was like to travel under cover and constantly at risk. This book is especially useful since the story introduces the Underground Railroad and then the last few pages explain the real story of Harriet Tubman, further clarify what the Underground Railroad was, and provide a map showing the paths from south to north. The end even provi ...more
Tita Kontodiakos
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
- Grade/Interest Level: Pre K
- Reading Level: Early Childhood
- Genre: Historical fiction, Information
- Main characters: Cassie, Be Be, Harriet Tubman
- Setting: Underground Railroad
- POV: 3rd person
Summary: This is a fictional story about two African American children, little girl names Cassie and her brother Be Be, who encounter a tiny black woman, Harriet Tubman, who transports the kids back to a time of slavery. They retrace the journey that slaves went on to freedom by means of the Undergro
Beth Schencker
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated story that follows an imaginary journey of a young brother and sister, Cassie and Be Be who discover the Underground Railroad with Aunt Harriet at the wheel. Be Be jumps on the train and Cassie must continue on foot from plantation to freedom. Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky is a great treat of the imagination that shows in a subdued way the journey thousands of slaves bravely took to reach the Northern States and Canada to freedom. The images of the whit ...more
Sabrynna Vasaure
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the sky was such a magical book. Besides providing, a lot of historical content, the author told the story in such a beautiful way. The author, Faith Ringgold was also the illustrator of the book. She uses acrylic paints to capture the essence of each moment in the book. The streaks of paint, the colors, and the shading are used to enhance our senses of reading. It was an interesting choice of illustration. Meanwhile, the story tells us of through the eyes ...more
Marlene Murphy
This story is one that uses bold bright colors to portray the story of Be Be who rides the train in the sky while his sister follows after him. She is afraid to get on the train as well as her parent's reaction to her brother boarding. Cassie is guided stop by stop by the voice of Aunt Harriet through the experiences, sights, sounds and feelings of those who made the dangerous trek to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Cassie goes through many emotions as she continues on the trail of her brot ...more
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting depiction of how Harriet Tubman helped the Underground Railroad through the story and illustration of Faith Ringgold. It is a dreamlike experience as the girl travels the dangerous route to freedom that her great great great grandparents took from slavery. Ringgold based the story off of the strange dreams Harriet Tubman had of flying to freedom while she was ill and near death. The use of actual stops or “stations” to meet the next conductor really gives the reader a clea ...more
Cassie and Be Be, the brother and sister from Tar Beach, take a magical trip on the Underground Railroad experiencing firsthand what slaves endured in their pursuit of freedom.

Acrylic paintings are haunting, especially the ghost-like faces in the backgrounds of many images and really help to make the experience authentic.

A brief bio of Harriet Tubman follows the story. Also included is a further reading list and a map of the Underground Railroad.

This book serves as an accurate/authentic introdu
Oct 25, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was just "eh" for me.

I did like the illustrations. They were very similar to some of Faith Ringgold's other books. There were a lot of full bleed illustrations and made you feel like you were right there. Other illustrations were bordered, with the text either below or above them. The oil painting illustrations showed what was going on in the text. I didn't really think they added a whole lot to the story.

The story itself was ok. I did like that there was information about Harriet Tub
Paul  Hankins
The characters from Ringgold's TAR BEACH return to the skies, this time called by the spirit of Harriet Tubman who tells Cassie about The Underground Railroad. Cassie experiences the journey of the slave as she tries to get back to Be Be in Canada (who has hopped aboard a mystical train at the beginning of the book).

Super information about The Underground Railroad make this book a natural "ladder" into/within the discussion, but I wonder how many children would get lost in the dream-like sequen
I shared this with my fifth grade students and most of them enjoyed it. The story was different from some of the other texts we've read about slavery, Harriet Tubman, and the Underground Railroad. The kids appreciated the creativity of the story of the train in the clouds. When Cassie's little brother gets on the train and gets away from her, she goes on a journey in which she experiences what the passengers on the Underground Railroad experienced. Along the way, she receives letters from her li ...more
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky is a fictional story based on actual events that happened along the Underground Railroad. The book is full of white faces lurking in the background. The reader travels along the railroad in the same order a slave possibly would. First, they escape from a plantation through many of the save houses until they reach Canada where they are finally save and free.

The back of the book gives a small biography of Harriet Tubman. It tells of dreams she had wh
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