Cover image for Harriet Tubman and the freedom train
Title:
Harriet Tubman and the freedom train
Author:
Gayle, Sharon Shavers.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Aladdin edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2003.
Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Introduces Harriet Tubman, from her birth into slavery, through her daring escape to freedom in the north, to her tireless efforts during the Civil War to free other slave via the Underground Railroad.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
590 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 66055.
ISBN:
9780689854804

9780689854811
Format :
Book

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Harriet Tubman was born a slave. But she always knew that someday she would be free. After realizing her dream Harriet decided she had to help others find freedom too. So she became a guide on the Underground Railroad. Little did this courageous woman know just how many people she would help.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 1^-3. With direct dramatic words and handsome realistic acrylic pictures in shades of brown, this chapter book in the Ready-To-Read Stories of Famous Americans series introduces the great Underground Railroad leader. More than half the book is about her childhood, her life as a slave, and her own escape, and readers will be stimulated to seek out more about her courageous adult role as conductor of more than 15 trips and rescuer of more than 300 slaves. One amazing double-page spread describes her daring rescue of 11 people who evade the bloodhounds by hiding in a huge pile of garbage. Just one small problem: occasionally the words are printed over the colored pictures, making the print hard to read--especially for new readers. Hazel Rochman


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-An engaging but disconcerting introduction to this woman's life. The copyright page states that "This book is a work of fiction. Any references to historical events, real people, or real locales are used fictitiously." Yet the book concludes with a chronology of Tubman's life. Children are sure to be very confused as to what's true and what isn't. The use of dialogue and feelings offer appropriate reflections of the characters and their times, such as: "Minty left her friend's house with fear in her heart." Young readers will appreciate the simple sentences in large font, as well as Marshall's acrylic illustrations rendered in dusky tones that are filled with glimmers of light and flowing shadows. The organization is a bit confusing, as the book begins: "Harriet Tubman often sang when she was lonely or scared. This time Harriet was not scared. Harriet was free!" Yet the chapter continues with a description of her birth into slavery, her work as a house slave and then a field slave, and her injury from a blow to the head with an iron bar, with no further mention of freedom until later in the book. Subsequent chapters are more clearly written, noting Minty's marriage to John Tubman, the dangers of her initial journey on the Underground Railroad, and her courageous work as a conductor. The scope of this book is similar to that of David A. Adler's A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman (Holiday, 1992). Libraries may consider this an additional purchase for recreational reading, but it is unacceptable for reports.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.