Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom


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This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman's strength, humility, and devotion. With proper reverence, Weatherford and Nelson do justice to the woman who, long ago, earned over and over the name Moses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786851751
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 09/28/2006
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 46,159
Product dimensions: 10.70(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Kadir Nelson is the illustrator of many books for children, including  Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, an NAACP Image Award winner, a Caldecott Honor Book, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner; and  Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner. He is also the author/illustrator of  We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, winner of the Coretta Scott King and Robert F. Sibert Awards , and  I Have a Dream, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor winner, among others. Kadir lives in Los Angeles, California. Visit him online at

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Moses : When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was asked to read the book to my Sunday School class in honor of Black History Month and I think the book is really good and I know my students who ranged in age from 5 to 16 enjoyed it. I would recommend it to be a part of everyone's library and to be read often.
melscott on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This picture book takes a glimpse into the immediate time leading up to Tubman's decision to escape and her journey to free states. Tubman, who listen carefully for and to the voice of God, through out her life and journeys along the Underground Railroad is seen through the pictures as stoic, determined, and finally elated once free. Take a journey into the night sky and swamp with Tubman and along the way discover her heroic efforts and unrelenting determination to survive and be a free soul.
Amber_88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of a biography because all of the facts presented about Harriet Tubman are true and are important details in her life. It is appropriate to write a biography about her because she did something significant. For example, she lead many of her fellow black people to freedom.Harriet Tubman is the protaganist and is round throughout the whole story. She is somewhat dynamic because she changes and grows somewhat throughout the story, as she comes to trust God more closely as time goes on.
ktibbs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story tells of Harriet Tubman's courage to follow her heart and faith to escape from slavery and journey to the North to free soil. Once she made it to Philadelphia, she felt the need to go back and save her relatives as well. Harriet Tubman ended up being a conductor on the Underground Railroad and traveled back and forth nineteen times and never lost a traveler.
mcrotti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Weatherford's book is a fictionalized account of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and eventual return to guide other refugees along the Underground Railroad. On each page, God speaks to Tubman and guides her along her journey, giving her the strength to finally attain her freedom. African-American culture is referenced here through the use of religion and spiritual hymns.This book would be a wonderful resource for children just learning about slavery, the Underground Railroad, and of course Harriet Tubman and her role. Though the story as rendered here is fiction, the book includes a foreword briefly explaining slavery, and a short biography of Tubman at the end. The book is beautifully written and illustrated, and I would recommend that any library use it in children's programs or at least have it on hand for curious readers.
tiffblaser on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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MesserPicks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This would be a good book to include in a unit of study about slavery, the underground railroad, and Harriet Tubman. There is a lot of information in this book that would supplement any of these units. This book is done very well and is written well. I really like how the author intertwines Harriet's thoughts with words that the Lord is saying to her.
MandaW on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very good book teaching about Harriet Tubman. Kids will love the graphics and the history behind it. I love how the prayers are written across the pages. Good spiritual emphasis on Harriet Tubman's struggle. I believe kids will be intrigued by the book and maybe even want to learn about her after reading this. 5 stars.
nancyjensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A powerful book, this is the story of Harriet Tubman's life, her escape from slavery as a young woman and her subsequent work guiding runaways along the Underground Railroad over the next several decades. It's a compelling story, gripping and suspenseful throughout as Harriet leaves under cover of darkness trusting her life and the lives of those she guides to God's care alone. She relies on His wisdom and guidance as Moses did when leaving Egypt with the Israelite people thousands of years before. Excellent use of Kadir Nelson's full color paintings and illustrations combine with an effective use of typography and the text to transport us to that time and place in history (1850's)when Harriet lived. This seems real. Harriet's courage is amazing and inspiring. I loaned this book to the fourth grade teacher at our school. She read it to her students. We are an urban inner city parochial school with a mixed school population. The students loved the book. They had several questions and a good discussion following the story.
awidmer06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: BiographyAge Appropriateness: Primary/IntermediateReview: This book is a good example of a biography because it tells the story of Harriet Tubman and how she escapes and helps others escape slavery. The information is accurate and keeps the reader's attention. Harriet Tubman goes through a spiritual journey as she hears God guiding her North to freedom. The pages portray a unique portrait of the Underground Railroad.Media: This book is a good example of ink and wash because the ink outlines the pictures and then is filled with a watercolor wash. The colors are deep dark allowing readers to be caught in the story. Also, the colors blend well together.Character: Harriet Tubman is a dynamic character because she undergoes an immense change when realizing that her calling was to help others escape slavery. Her courage, strength, and love is abundant and evident as she continues to make the trips North via the Underground Railroad.
Ed490 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This deeply religious book reflects on Harriet Tubman¿s struggles to freedom and the various visions and messages she receives from God. After she escapes the South, with the help of abolitionists in the way, God reveals to her that she is to become a leader of the Underground Railroad. Not only does Harriet help her own family escape the slavery in the South, but she also helps many others become free like her, risking her own life to do so. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom creates a parallel between Harriet and Moses (who led his people from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land). It shows the great difficulties slaves went through to gain the freedom they deserved, and how a brave soul like Harriet Tubman, can make a difference in others¿ lives. The book contains beautiful illustrations that portray the mood and emotions of the characters, as well as concepts of slavery, abolitionists, and religion. The pictures aren't bright and cheery as may be expected of a children's book, but rather dark and ominous accurately portraying the mood and experiences of this time. The detailed emotions on the characters faces offer to tell a story of their own. It is appropriate for children of ages eight or older; some concepts and ideas might need to be explained to younger children.
jodyjlittle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story of Harriet's Tubman's brave escape from slavery is written as a conversation between Harriet and God. Harriet's journey begins as she escapes on her own without her husband and family. Harriet hides in the woods, in the homes of kind strangers, in wagons and even in potato holes. She asks God to give her strength and God responds in her mind and keeps her going. Finally she reaches Philadelphia where she finds freedom at last. But working as a housecleaner and a cook does not make Harriet happy. She misses her family, and with God's strength, she returns to the south to free her family. As the years pass, Harriet returns to the south nineteen more times. She never lost a passenger in all her journeys.
shanetia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This book is about a slave, Harriet Tubman, who wanted freedom. In fear of being sold and separated from her family, she fled to the free land of Philadelphia. After spending time in Philadelphia as a free woman, Harriet decided to return down south in order to help her family escape slavery. Harriet's attempt was successful; in fact all her attempts to save other slaves were also successful.Personal reaction:The illustration of this book was amazing. I loved the way this book incorporated spirtuality. I believe that faith allows us to accomplish things that we are unaware of doing. The author has done an excellent job of showing how far faith can take you.Classroom Extension:1. I would have a class dicussion about slavery and other Civil Rights activist.2. I would have students write in their journals about a time when they accomplished something that they did not think was possible.
sharmon05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing story about the life of Harriet Tubman. It does a great job at explaining her actions and emotions. This makes it so this book is a good example of a biography. The illustrations in this book are amazing. Each page is unique and shows the setting and Harriet's emotion.
summerdinah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You will develop understanding and respect for Harriet Tubman after reading this picture book. The pictures and words vividly describe the journey of Harriet Tubman. Harriet's spirit never wavers as she relies heavily on God to reach freedom after travel from Maryland to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Harriet Tubman makes herself famous when she helps many other slaves escape to freedom! This is a true story about one of the greatest african-american woman in American history!
kmcgiverin05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Moses is a historical fiction/Biography piece about Harriet Tubman. It has true facts, and is wonderful way of showing Harriet Tubman's story. Moses won the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Award. I would use this in the classroom when talking about the underground rail road, and slavery. Harriet Tubman in a round main character who grows greatly.
DayehSensei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An empowering book with poetic, moving text and incredibly vivid illustrations detailing Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and the start of the Underground Railroad. The text features Harriet's conversations with God as well as third person narration. This is surprisingly not confusing for students. Simply beautiful.
Cayla More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Often books about this particular time are a little cruel and are written in angry or crude manners. This book however, demonstartes the stuggles and hard times without exposing children to the devasting activity that was actually occuring during Harriet Tubman's time. I like how the book shows her journey and ties it to God leading her way. Like saving her people really was her calling and God helped her and protected her along her way. I think it was an awesome book and the illustrations are amazing. I would definently recommend this book.
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Ms_Chelle More than 1 year ago
Beautiful done telling the story of a wonderful woman.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a story about Harriet Tubman leading her people the slaves to freedom, including her parents. The book focuses on how Harriet was born into slavery but escapes. Harriet prays because of the fear of separation from her parents. As God answers in the song of a whip-poor-will ¿I set the north star in the heavens and I mean for you to be free¿. Weatherford, Boston Carole. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Lead Her People to Freedom. New York: Hyperion Books for Children. 2006.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful book: the words, the illustrations, the message.