Saturday, November 10, 2012

Harriet Tubman and the Freedom Train by Sharon Gayle - ADVISABLE


Gayle, Sharon  Ready to Read: Harriet Tubman and the Freedom Train  Illustrated by Felicia Marshall  Aladdin, 2003.  $3.99  PICTURE BOOK  Content: G.  This is a short biography of Harriet Tubman’s life.  When she was born she was named Minty and was taken away from her family at a young age.  Because she wouldn’t help tie up a runaway slave, a slave owner hit her over the head with a metal bar that caused her to go into a coma for a long time.  When she got better she was one of the hardest working slaves in the field.  She befriended a neighboring white woman who eventually helped her escape slavery through the Underground Railroad.  Minty renamed herself Harriett upon her freedom and dedicated her life to helping other slaves find freedom through the Underground Railroad.  She assisted fifteen groups of slaves from the South to the North and later during the Civil War she helped the soldiers sneak into the South.  Harriet was buried with full military honors.  This is an excellent summary of Harriet Tubman’s life.  The illustrations are a bit dreary, but the story is well told.  EL (4-6)-ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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