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Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
     

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

by Dan Stearns
 

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This series is unique in that it combines biography and geography to tell the stories of remarkable individuals whose bold and often life-threatening journeys had a profound impact on our nation's history. Readers will travel along with them, experiencing the challenges they faced, as well as their accomplishments. The text is supported by numerous maps, including a

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This series is unique in that it combines biography and geography to tell the stories of remarkable individuals whose bold and often life-threatening journeys had a profound impact on our nation's history. Readers will travel along with them, experiencing the challenges they faced, as well as their accomplishments. The text is supported by numerous maps, including a comprehensive map and reference guide at the end of each book that shows the sites referred to in the text and lists their addresses and web sites, allowing contemporary readers to literally follow in the footsteps of these American heroes.

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Gr 5-8-These report-style biographies connect modern historical monuments and sites to events in the lives of famous Civil War personalities. Each one contains a basic narrative of the subject's life in the main text, with information about the sites in colored side boxes. Of the two titles, the writing in Grant is better; the narrative in Tubman is often awkward. For example, at one point Stearns states, "Harriet was very different from her brothers and from most slaves. She was courageous, but, more important, she understood that slavery was a threat to her life." This passage seems to imply that most slaves were cowards and didn't understand the peril of their situation. The text also contains several grammatical errors. Both books have a clean layout and reasonably good-quality black-and-white and color photos and illustrations. Grant could be a useful companion for those planning a Civil War history tour of the area around the Mason-Dixon Line. For others, the information about historical sites is only mildly interesting. Janet Riehecky's Ulysses S. Grant (Children's Press, 2004) is a good report biography. George Sullivan's Harriet Tubman (Scholastic, 2002) is well written and includes some interesting detail not found in other books at the same reading level. It's a good choice, even for reluctant readers.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836864335
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
Publication date:
12/15/2005
Series:
In the Footsteps of American Heroes Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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