The Underground Railroad

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Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Most of us are familiar with the Underground Railroad, and many books have been written about the subject. This particular book is written in graphic style and takes the reader back to the early 1600s before the Underground Railroad was established. A brief history lesson is given that explains that so much manual labor was needed, there were not enough individuals to fill the positions, and so people were brought to America and sold to the highest bidder. This practice was illegal in the North and many slaves tried to escape to freedom. Many courageous individuals helped these slaves, but one of the most famous was Harriet Tubman. She herself was about to be sold and so she left on a harrowing trip to the North. After her success, she came back and led many on her Underground Railroad—a railroad with no rails. Books written in graphic format are favorites of mine! They are perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. They are also a wonderful way to introduce nonfiction books to young people. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will enjoy the graphics, the exhilarating stories, and the fast paced text. The full color graphics make an enormous impact on the story. The author includes a box on most pages that includes narration that gives extra information to the reader to help with comprehension. Vocabulary has been well selected and this book is an excellent resource that could be used for writing a summary or a book report. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602700802
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Graphic History
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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