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Harriet and the Promised Land Paperback – January 1, 1997
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Gr all levels-Jacob Lawrence, one of America's most prominent African-American artists, presents the story of Harriet Tubman.
Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The text is poetic. Early in the story, on a hot summer day in about 1820, "a group of slave children were tumbling in the sandy soil in the state of Maryland," Harriet Tubman among them. She dreamed of freedom and escaped, but returned to help others. The story builds as the selfless African-American leader risked her life many times to help others reach freedom. "Some were afraid, / But none turned back, / For close at their heels / Howled the bloodhound pack."
As the story closes, young readers find an enthralling figure of Harriet Tubman building support for the anti-slavery movement. At every convention within 500 miles, she could be found speaking in words and tones that brought tears to the eyes and sorrow to the hearts of all listeners.
Lawrence's paintings, made in tempera colors and poster paints, are poetic, too. Trained in the art workshops of Harlem in the 1930s, including the Utopia Children's House and the Harlem Art Workshop (sponsored by the New Deal), Lawrence became one of the finest African-American artists in U.S. history. His extraordinary talent was recognized when he was still relatively young.
Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he moved to Easton, Pennsylvania and then at seven to Philadelphia. At 13, Jacob moved again, to Harlem.Read more ›
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Beautiful simply told story with wonderful illustrations. Will appeal to great story lovers of all ages.Published 14 months ago by Robert Schemel
The story line and art work were great. A book that one can keep forever.Published 19 months ago by Nadine L. Robinson
The lyrical text has a nice flow but Jacob Lawrence's art is nothing I would either put on my wall or spend any length of time looking over. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Shelli