written by Carole Weatherford
illustrated by Kadir Nelson
introduction to Harriet Tubman and the role that faith played
in her life. Lyrical text and powerful
illustrations depict Tubman prior to escape, during the dangerous
journey, and afterward as she helped others find freedom
as well. Throughout the book, Tubman prays for guidance and help,
receiving confirmation from God that He desires for her to be
This is an inspiration title to read anytime, but would be especially ideal for units on slavery, American heroes, or during Black History month. This is a very powerful book, with text and illustrations that bring this great woman to life for young children.
Kadir Nelson masterfully captures the many emotions that Tubman must
have experienced before and during her dangerous escape (ie:
apprehension, fear, determination...) Please note:
This book is
religious in nature and may not be
appropriate for public school use. We recommend that teachers preview
this book via Amazon's "Look Inside" feature to determine the
appropriateness for your school/community.
* Caldecott Honor Book 2007
* American Library Association Notable Children's Book 2007
* New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year List 2006
* National Council for Social Studies Notable Children's Book 2007
* American Library Association Coretta Scott King Award 2007
* Horn Book Magazine Fanfare Award 2006
* School Library Journal Best Children's Book 2006
Interest Level: Gr. 2-5 DRA Level: 50 Lexile Measure: AD660L Grade Equivalent: 3.5 Guided Reading: V
Here are some representative spreads from inside this great book. At right is one of our favorite illustrations from this book. Absolutely beautiful when viewed in full size (book size)!
And the spreads below show Tubman during her escape, praying for guidance (top), fighting off fatigue (middle), and struggling to stay ahead of the men who were chasing after her (bottom). In spreads and throughout the book, Tubman feels comforted and protected by God, conversing with Him in times of despair and receiving guidance from God (printed in capitals) that sustain her as she makes her way north.
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You may also want to check out other books illustrated by Kadir Nelson. To learn more, click on the book covers below or the author's name above. :)