Harriet and the Promised Land

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Renowned African-American artist Jacob Lawrence explores the historic tale of Harriet Tubman. With spectacular artwork and rhythmic verse, Lawrence captures the urgency of Tubman's struggles as she courageously leads slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. 1993 Parents' Choice Award. Full color.

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Overview

Renowned African-American artist Jacob Lawrence explores the historic tale of Harriet Tubman. With spectacular artwork and rhythmic verse, Lawrence captures the urgency of Tubman's struggles as she courageously leads slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. 1993 Parents' Choice Award. Full color.

A brief biography in verse about Harriet Tubman and her dedicated efforts to lead her fellow slaves to freedom.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This powerful tribute to the courage of Harriet Tubman provides an ideal introduction to the work of African American artist Lawrence. Tubman's life is dramatically portrayed in stunning artwork, bold with bright blocks of color and informed by a keen sense of symmetry. As Tubman leads slaves to freedom, their cloaks of red, yellow and vivid blue are illuminated against the landscape. Lawrence's paintings honor their subjects; they are alive with a movement and complexity that contrast well with the sparse simplicity of the text. Brief verse pares Tubman's experiences to their essence. The text seems simple (``Harriet, Harriet, / Born a slave, / Work for your master, / From your cradle / To your grave''), yet it resonates with a wealth of emotions--anger, fear, jubilation. The rhythmic pulse of the verse conveys constant danger, the howl of a bloodhound pack closing in. This moving and beautiful book will stimulate interest in the artist as well as in his subject. All ages. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
With very little text, the focus here is on the paintings. Arresting contrasts mark the art of Jacob Lawrence. Here, he has added a few melodic lines of biographical poetry to share the true story of Harriet Tubman. The paintings, full of the details of slavery and clandestine journeys along the underground railroad, stir readers to feel the excitement of a young women bound to find a way to free her people.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Lawrence offers bold, powerful paintings and a succinct text that vividly capture the drama of Harriet Tubman's lifelong struggle to free her people from slavery. Tubman who escaped from slavery risked her life to return many tomes to the South to lead people to freedom. It is an incredibly moving story of a determined and daunting woman. A New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a Parents' Choice Award winner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689809651
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 499,556
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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