The illustrator's use of images that appear to be a combination of cut paper, collage, and a variety of paint techniques conveys a sense of primitive art that reinforces the history of the heroic deeds of Harriet Tubman. For many readers this will be the first realization that this "Moses" of her time lived until 1913 (age 93), well into the 20th Century. Her powerful drive to help people compelled her to continue to struggle against inequities long after her efforts as a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad had succeeded in changing the lives of upwards of 300 people--people she personally led to freedom in the "North" and Canada. Her indomitable spirit drove her to return to the South eighteen or nineteen times to help others find the freedom she had achieved for herself when she had escaped to Philadelphia. Even though she could have remained in safety, she could not rest until she had led her parents, two brothers, and numerous others to freedom. Her efforts to help people continued after the Civil War began and she returned to the South to care for wounded soldiers. Later, during the war, she also served as a soldier and a spy. After the war she founded a home for homeless African-American children, built a school, and worked for women's right to vote. All of these aspects of her life are told in straightforward text that conveys information in succinct, easily read narrative. The back matter includes a time line, a "Did You Know?" section of facts, a glossary, a brief bibliography, Fact Hound web site information, and an index. This will make an excellent addition for collections needing titles accessible to elementary readers. Reviewer: SheilahEgan
After escaping slavery, Harriet Tubman led others to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Find out how she also helped win the war that freed all slaves.
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Lori Mortensen is a multi-published children’s author who writes fiction and nonfiction on all sorts of subjects. When she’s not plunking away at the keyboard, she enjoys making cheesy bread rolls, gardening, and hanging out with her family at their home in northern California.
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