…she was curious about another way she had heard people escape slavery – the Underground Railroad.
Harriet Tubman, born Araminta “Minty” Ross, is one of the most famous women in America’s history.
But she was not always the strong woman that everyone knows and loves – once she was a child, just like you.
Though, her childhood was far different from yours. Minty was born a slave and belonged to the Brodess family. Her entire family belonged to them and they could not leave.
Minty burned with the injustice and eventually decided that she would one day escape. She never forgot what her father said to her:
He told her that people who wanted to escape slavery followed the North Star to freedom.
And when Minty grew up – and became Harriet Tubman – she decided to make a difference.
From the moment she crossed into Pennsylvania, Harriet loved the feeling of freedom.
Harriet returned again, and again to the South to lead her family and many others to freedom.
And no matter what the white slave owners tried to do, she’d find a way to evade it.
Because people who escaped slavery and who were caught in the North could be returned to their slave owners in the South, Harriet started taking people all the way to Canada.
Harriet Tubman truly was one of America’s heroes and this book completely does her justice!
If you can’t already tell, I LOVED reading this book.
It was so well done (and I’m absolutely LOVING) this Biography Book for New Readers series. I think I’m addicted to these GORGEOUS biography books.
There’s so much to learn about Harriet Tubman – and this book provides an excellent introduction to her life.
The author didn’t shy away from the difficult topic of slavery and its horrifying impact on Harriet’s life.
Platt explained it in a very age-appropriate manner and provided an incredible educational view without glossing over the details.
I found myself learning so many new things and am now excited to find more books about this incredible woman.
The Underground Railroad aspect was brilliantly done – such an amazing journey and I’m impressed by how much was fit into such a short book.
I loved Myth & Fact section where the author cleared up several fictitious beliefs about slavery and Harriet’s life.
Also, the illustrations were absolutely perfect. They truly enhanced the book and lifted it to just the top level.
All in all – this book was brilliant. Incredible and every positive word I can think of. I cannot recommend it enough!!
A HUGE thank you to Christine Platt, Rockridge Press and Callisto Publisher’s Club for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review!