Children's Literature - Greg M. RomaneckDuring her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman made frequent journeys into the South to shepherd family members and other escaped slaves to the North. Each of those journeys was done at the risk of her own life, since Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave herself. But, despite the odds against her success, Harriet Tubman led dozens of slaves from bondage to liberty. Here, in Patricia Lantier's illustrated biography, Harriet Tubman comes to life as the vibrant force that she was. Using numerous primary source quotations to support the anecdotes featured in the book's narrative structure, Lantier creates an accurate rendering of Harriet Tubman's life. Stories are used to detail the historical events that made up the life and times of Harriet Tubman. For example, Lantier recounts the fact that while watching a slave flee from a mercantile store, Tubman was accidently stuck in the forehead with a led weight thrown by an angry slave owner. Because of this terrible injury, Tubman suffered from sleeping spells, headaches, and recurring visions for the rest of her life. This eye for historical detail helps make Lantier's contribution to the "Voices for Freedom/Abolitionist Heroes" series, of which this book is a part, a vibrant and informative one. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library JournalGr 4-8–Detailed and completely readable, these titles provide thoughtful examinations of an important era in American history. While the information is available elsewhere, these books stand out because they are accessible and engaging. The writing is lively, drawing readers into the drama of the anti-slavery movement, and the accompanying photographs, illustrations, maps, and primary-source reproductions combine with the texts to make a quality package.
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