Friday, August 23, 2013

I am Harriet Tubman


I am Harriet Tubman
by Grace Norwich
127 pages. Juvenile biography.

New York, NY : Scholastic, 2013.

Scholastic's new biography series is perfect for 2nd graders on up. The reader-friendly chapters are short and engaging. Numerous detailed illustrations fill the book adding to the story. This particular volume focuses on Harriet Tubman and her heroic deeds throughout her life. She was born a slave and a woman, a small woman at that. So it is quite amazing all that she accomplished despite these seemingly insurmountable circumstances. At barely five feet tall Harriet was not afraid to stand up to her white owners which usually resulted in severe beatings. She eventually escaped on the Underground Railroad and later became its most well-known conductor. She saved over 70 slaves and never lost a single passenger on her railroad. Harriet also was a spy and scout during the Civil War. Later she continued to fight for equal rights for her people of color as well as her gender. Harriet even worked for better care of the elderly. A lot of grit and gumption filled this small woman who did a lot for our country.

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