From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-- Basic facts and often-related incidents from Tubman's life are presented in brief vignettes. Adler includes a description of her as a slave child being whipped for stealing a lump of sugar; as a young woman receiving a serious head wound while intervening between a master and his runaway slave; as an escaped slave and conductor on the Underground Railroad; and a nurse and spy during the Civil War. The easy-to-read, but superficial narrative moves along with lively language suitable for reading aloud. Readers who want more in-depth information are on : their own; no sources for the many quotations or suggestions for further reading are included. The watercolor and colored-pencil artwork is uneven in quality. Many of the full-page, dark-toned, impressionistic paintings are excessively dark and unattractive; Tubman never looks the same in any two paintings. Smith's Harriet Tubman (Messner, 1989) is a more detailed biographical account. Ferris's Go Free or Die (Carolrhoda, 1988) is a good choice for older students. --Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elem . School, Urbana, IL
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About the Author
David Abraham Adler (born April 10, 1947) is the author of nearly 200 books for children and young adults, most notably the Cam Jansen mystery series, the "Picture Book of..." series, and several acclaimed works about the Holocaust for young readers. Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then-three-year-old nephew inspired Adler to write his first story, A Little at a Time, subsequently published by Random House in 1976. Adler's next project, a series of math books, drew on his experience as a math teacher. In 1977, he created his most famous character, Cam Jansen, originally featured in Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds, which was published that year. Adler married psychologist Renee Hamada in 1973, and their first child, Michael, was born in 1977. By that time Adler had taken a break from teaching and, while his wife continued her work, he stayed home, took care of Michael, and began a full-time writing career. Adler has three children and one grandson. He lives in Woodmere, New York.