I bought this to give to an adult English as a Second Language student. She absolutely adores it. We've read it twice. It made her cry because she sympathizes with Harriet so much. And my student is very religious, so she loves Harriet talking with God. It also encouraged her in her own writing.
The illustrations are beautiful and tell the story even without the words - good for teaching extensive reading.
I can't say how the book would go over with kids, but this teacher and her low intermediate student give it four enthusiastic thumbs up.
This is so beautiful and lyrically written.. Buy this book to honor a true heroine of slavery. My 4 year olds loved it and i loved reading it. This is our 10th slavery book and my favorite along with "Henrys Freedom Box". If your wondering how to talk to your kids about slavery times, this is a good start.
I was very happy with this book, as well as my children. My husband, who had studied a great deal of Harriet's life, found it too simple. Being that this is a child's book, I feel that it was done just right for story time with the kids.