A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman

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Thus begins a lyrical journey through the days and weeks, the months, and the changing seasons in the life of one New Englander and his family. The oxcart man packs his goods - the wool from his sheep, the shawl his wife made, the mittens his daughter knitted, and the linen they wove. He packs the birch brooms his son carved, and even a bag of goose feathers from the barnyard geese.

He travels over hills, through valleys, by streams, past farms and villages. At Portsmouth Market...

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Overview

Thus begins a lyrical journey through the days and weeks, the months, and the changing seasons in the life of one New Englander and his family. The oxcart man packs his goods - the wool from his sheep, the shawl his wife made, the mittens his daughter knitted, and the linen they wove. He packs the birch brooms his son carved, and even a bag of goose feathers from the barnyard geese.

He travels over hills, through valleys, by streams, past farms and villages. At Portsmouth Market he sells his goods, one by one - even his beloved ox. Then, with his pockets full of coins, he wanders through the market, buying provisions for his family, and returns to his home. And the cycle begins again.

Donald Hall has created a gentle story, evoking a quiet time in American life that is irrevocably past. Using a special method which resembles the early American technique of painting on wood, Barbara Cooney has captured the sense of peace of early nineteenth-century New England and the bustle of Portsmouth Market.

Biography of the black woman who escaped from slavery to become famous as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-This solid entry (HolidayHouse, 1992) in David Adler's picture book biography series transfers smoothly to audio. With a well-paced, precisely spoken narration by Gail Nelson, this very truncated story of the life of Harriet Tubman-from slavery to leader of the Underground Railroad-relates the struggles and the dangers she endured. Subtle background noises add to the competent storytelling and a couple of brief songs are beautifully sung. In-text quotes by Harriet Tubman are read in a different voice with a southern accent, making it seem as though Tubman is speaking. An important dates appendix is also read aloud. One side of the recording has page-turn signals. A spare, yet important audio production.- Jennifer Iserman, Dakota County Library, Burnhaven Branch, Burnsville, MN Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Gr 2-4-- Basic facts and often-related incidents from Tubman's life are presented in brief vignettes. Adler includes a description of her as a slave child being whipped for stealing a lump of sugar; as a young woman receiving a serious head wound while intervening between a master and his runaway slave; as an escaped slave and conductor on the Underground Railroad; and a nurse and spy during the Civil War. The easy-to-read, but superficial narrative moves along with lively language suitable for reading aloud. Readers who want more in-depth information are on their own; no sources for the many quotations or suggestions for further reading are included. The watercolor and colored-pencil artwork is uneven in quality. Many of the full-page, dark-toned, impressionistic paintings are excessively dark and unattractive; Tubman never looks the same in any two paintings. Smith's Harriet Tubman Messner, 1989 is a more detailed biographical account. Ferris's Go Free or Die Carolrhoda, 1988 is a good choice for older students. --Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elem . School, Urbana, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595193858
  • Publisher: Live Oak Media
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Picture Book Readalong Series
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 12.78 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2008

    The life of Harriet Tubman

    This book is off da hook beacuz i lik slave books and reading and watching slave stories.

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    Posted February 26, 2009

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