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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
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

David A. Adler is the author of Fun with Roman Numerals and Money Madness. He lives in New York State.

Samuel Byrd is a painter, muralist, and illustrator. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Book Biography
  • Paperback: 29 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082341065X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823410651
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write both fiction and non-fiction. I begin my fiction with the main character. The story comes later. Of course, since I'll be spending a lot of time with each main character, why not have him or her be someone I like? Andy Russell is based, loosely, on a beloved member of my family. He's fun to write about and the boy who inspired the character is even more fun to know. Cam Jansen is based even more loosely on a classmate of mine in the first grade whom we all envied because we thought he had a photographic memory. Now, especially when my children remind me of some promise they said I made, I really envy Cam's amazing memory. I have really enjoyed writing about Cam Jansen and her many adventures. For my books of non-fiction I write about subjects I find fascinating. My first biography was Our Golda: The Life of Golda Meir. To research that book, I bought a 1905 set of encyclopedia. Those books told me what each of the places Golda Meir lived in were like when she lived there. I've written many other biographies, including books about Martin Luther King, Jr; George Washington; Abraham Lincoln; Helen Keller; Harriet Tubman; Anne Frank; and many others in my Picture Book Biography series. I've been a Yankee and a Lou Gehrig fan for decades so I wrote Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. It's more the story of his great courage than his baseball playing. Children face all sorts of challenges and it's my hope that some will be inspired by the courage of Lou Gehrig. I am working now on another book about a courageous man, Janusz Korczak. My book One Yellow Daffodil is fiction, too, but it's based on scores of interviews I did with Holocaust survivors for my books We Remember the Holocaust, Child of the Warsaw Ghetto, The Number on My Grandfather's Arm, and Hiding from the Nazis. The stories I heard were compelling. One Yellow Daffodil is both a look to the past and to the future, and expresses my belief in the great spirit and strength of our children. I love math and was a math teacher for many years, so it was fun for me to write several math books including Fraction Fun, Calculator Riddles, and Shape Up! Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons. In my office I have this sign, "Don't Think. Just Write!" and that's how I work. I try not to worry about each word, even each sentence or paragraph. For me stories evolve. Writing is a process. I rewrite each sentence, each manuscript, many times. And I work with my editors. I look forward to their suggestions, their help in the almost endless rewrite process. Well, it's time to get back to dreaming, and to writing, my dream of a job. David A. Adler is the author of more than 175 children's books, including the Young Cam Jansen series. He lives in Woodmere, New York.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for young readers. I used it to introduce second graders to Harriet Tubman and the times in which she lived. David Adler uses simple sentences to explain complex issues including slavery, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and other issues surrounding this time in American history. I highly recommend all the David Adler Picture Books for young readers to get their first glimse into the lives of important people in history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book mom on September 25, 2005
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I purchased this book for my 8 year old daughter, who had to sumbit a book report for school. It was an easy read and the pictures were great. I recommend it to other parents as we were very pleased with the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Walker on December 2, 2008
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The pictures were great but it's extremely difficult for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade readers!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Rice on October 28, 2013
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Very satisfied with my purchase and i will purchase more books in the future! Please disregard my last reveiw of 2 stars it was a huge error.
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Books don't change a heart of stone but penetrate the less remote.This may be preaching to the choir but may permit to be better informed.
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By Jaime Randall on August 6, 2014
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Prompt shipping and book as described.
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