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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Series: Caldecott Honor Book
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786851759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786851751
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 2-5–Tubman's religious faith drives this handsome, poetic account of her escape to freedom and role in the Underground Railroad. The story begins with Tubman addressing God on a summer night as she is about to be sold south from the Maryland plantation where she and her husband live: I am Your child, Lord; yet Master owns me,/drives me like a mule. In resounding bold text, God tells her He means for her to be free. The story is sketched between passages of prayerful dialogue that keep Tubman from giving up and eventually call upon her to be the Moses of [her] people. Deep scenes of night fill many double pages as the dramatic paintings follow her tortuous journey, arrival in Philadelphia, and later trip to guide others. Shifting perspectives and subtle details, such as shadowy forest animals guarding her while she sleeps, underscore the narrative's spirituality. Whether filled with apprehension, determination, or serenity, Tubman's beautifully furrowed face is expressive and entrancing. A foreword briefly explains the practice of slavery and an appended note outlines Tubman's life. The words and pictures create a potent sense of the harsh life of slavery, the fearsome escape, and one woman's unwavering belief in God.–Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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Weatherford's handsome picture book about Harriet Tubman focuses mostly on Tubman's religious inspiration, with echoes of spirituals ringing throughout the spare poetry about her struggle ("Lord, don't let nobody turn me 'round"). God cradles Tubman and talks with her; his words (printed in block capitals) both inspire her and tell her what to do ("SHED YOUR SHOES; WADE IN THE WATER TO TRICK THE DOGS"). Nelson's stirring, beautiful artwork makes clear the terror and exhaustion Tubman felt during her own escape and also during her brave rescue of others. There's no romanticism: the pictures are dark, dramatic, and deeply colored--whether showing the desperate young fugitive "crouched for days in a potato hole" or the tough middle-aged leader frowning at the band of runaways she's trying to help. The full-page portrait of a contemplative Tubman turning to God to help her guide her people is especially striking. Hazel Rochman
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The pages are beautifully illustrated.
Bianca Vargas
In a time where people so often hush speaking about God, this book brings to light the story of Harriet Tubman, who was blessed for her faith.
Lori J. Orth
This book is a must for all children to have in their libraries.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on February 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There will never be enough books about Harriet Tubman and the journey she took to free slaves from the South. MOSES: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford brings to light Black history we can neither forget nor allow our children to forget.

The historical story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad is classic. The illustrator, Kadir Nelson, enhanced the words and actions that connect you along with the spiritual inspiration that kept Harriet moving, hiding and finally reaching freedom in Philadelphia. God told Harriet this was just the beginning, she was going to go back and free others, which came to pass with the underground railroad that kept the slaves safe while traveling to freedom.

This book is a must for all children to have in their libraries. The book is large in size and bold in color, portraying Harriet as a powerful, yet humble woman doing God's will. MOSES will keep any young child's attention from the beginning to the very last page. I applaud the author and illustrator for letting the journey continue and keeping the light shining so we will always keep our children in touch with Black history and teach them about the people who were instrumental in getting us to where we are today.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By HenderHouse on February 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful and emotionally engaging, the images truly support and reinforce the concepts in the text. Fear and fatigue are evident when Harriet Tubman "crouches for days in a potato hole [and] dreams she is buried alive" as is her determination to be strong and continue her fight another day. And the relief and release that comes to her when she finally finds herself on "free soil" in Philadelphia. The illustrations are of a real person, not caricature. Beautiful use of typography as well creates almost a call-and-response feel to some of the text. My favorite book of the year.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When Harriet Tubman led her people to freedom. I disagree, she started to lead the WHOLE WORLD to freedom. This book is excellent for helping children understand slavery, the underground railroad, and what Harriet Tubman did. I loved ths book and thought that it that it should have won the actual Caldecott award, although I am glad it won the Caldecott honor.

This book is about how Harriet Tubman escaped and helped other people escape slavery. It is written beautifully and does not bend the truth. But, the illustrations add to the wonderful story! I highly reccomend this book!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BeYOUtiful on May 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What I most appreciate about this book is the way it incorporates the role faith played in Harriet's life into the story of her leading daring escapes from slavery to freedom. Most of the history we learn in school attempts to secularize the truth about the people and events that we hold so dear, but this book does a phenomenal job in telling a more accurate, unbiased story of a remarkable woman. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson (who is GIFTED!!!!!), this is a welcome addition to any children's (or adult's, for that matter) library. I know am already collecting a slew of books
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. J. Sowash on December 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful story of the Underground Railroad with so much meaning because it incorporates Harriet's faith with the life that she lived. The illustrations are fantastic and the poetry is beautiful, telling this story with emotion and reality like never before.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pammy Pam on July 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking to add a beautifully illustrated picture book to your collection, put this book at the top of your list. Kadir Nelson's dark and gothic-like illustrations are the perfect complement to Carole Boston Weatherford's poetic narrative. As much as I loved the illustrations, however, the verse kind of put me off. The story involves a conversation between Harriet Tubman and God as she travels The Underground Railroad. This fictionalized account is a clever take on Harriet's journey; however, if you are not a particularly spiritual person, you might not enjoy the text as much as others may.

Given the spiritual overtones, I am curious if this book is chosen to be used in schools. The text is almost like one continuous prayer. I would think churches may be more interested in it. While it is no wonder this title is a Caldecott Honor Book, I was especially interested in illustrations; they are like artwork.

The multicultural perspective of this book is obvious. Readers of other cultures can learn about slavery and The Underground Railroad. Especially appealing is that the main character is not only African American, but a woman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lifessence on August 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
By far one of my favorite children's books we own. I read it today for the first time to our children. They did not say a word, listened intently and were mezmorized by every illustration. The words touched their hearts deeply and they were blessed by the greatest lesson one could ever learn, especially at their ages. To trust in God no matter your circumstances - He is faithful and will keep His promise to us! Beautifully done! Great job! Thank you Carole for writing this compelling book about true freedom - letting go and letting GOD!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on May 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book introduces Harriet Tubman, but it probably does not have enough information to count for a school report. Check with your child's teacher.

Still, the poetic language, the prayerful contact with God, and the lightness/darkness illustrations will cement this book into your child's mind.
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