Who Was Harriet Tubman?

Who Was Harriet Tubman?

by Yona Zeldis McDonough, Who HQ


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Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman knew first-hand what it meant to be someone's property; she was whipped by owners and almost killed by an overseer. It was from other field hands that she first heard about the Underground Railroad which she travelled by herself north to Philadelphia. Throughout her long life (she died at the age of ninety-two) and long after the Civil War brought an end to slavery, this amazing woman was proof of what just one person can do.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593097229
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: Penguin Who Was...Series
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 19,313
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Yona Zeldis McDonough is a longtime doll lover and collector. She is also an award-winning author who has published numerous books for children and adults. She presently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

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Who Was Harriet Tubman?

Who Was Harriet Tubman?

For my mother, Malcah Zeldis—Y.Z.M.

To Christopher, a Nan’s best friend—N.H.


Who Was Harriet Tubman?

No one knows the exact year in which Harriet Tubman was born. It may have been 1820 or 1821. Almost everyone thought the birth of a slave baby wasn’t worth remembering. Born a slave, Harriet Tubman grew into a brave and daring young woman. She was brave enough to escape from slavery. She was daring enough to help others escape, too. Because she led so many to freedom, she was called “Moses.” Like Moses in the Bible, Harriet Tubman believed that her people should be free. And she risked her life many times to help them become free. Even after she had escaped safely from the South, she went back to take other slaves north to freedom. Here is her story.

Chapter 1
Sometime around 1820 in Maryland, a slave named Harriet Ross had a baby girl. Neither Harriet, who was called Old Rit, nor her husband, Ben, could read or write, so they couldn’t record the year of the baby’s birth. No one else thought it was worth doing. But Old Rit loved her tiny child and wanted to protect her. She hoped her little girl, whose nickname was Minty, would learn to sew, cook, or weave. Then she could be a house slave and avoid the backbreaking work picking crops like tobacco, corn, or wheat in the fields.


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Table of Contents

Who Was Harriet Tubman? 1

Life in Maryland 3

Looking for the North Star 26

A Free Man's Wife 33

Free at Last 43

The Conductor 58

A Country at War 72

Moses of Her People 90

Timelines 106

Bibliography 108

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Who Was Harriet Tubman 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read biography!!! The author uses creative word choice and amazing detail. You can almost imagine being there with the person. I loved reading this book last year. There is very little voice, but you still feel a strong connection. I highly reccomend this book to people who are interested in learning about Harriet Tubman. Amazing!!!!!!
momof3FL More than 1 year ago
My 3RD grader did a book report on this as part of Black History month - she LOVED the book. My daughter read the book 3 times and kept telling us different points of interest from the book. It was easy for her to read and understand, yet some of the words were challenging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harriet Tubman is way above wonderful. Harriet was a wonderful example and definitly read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Children of all ages should read this book
animallvr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You all now harriret tubman a firmer enslaved African american who led slaves to freedom this book just tells who she was and what she did.
awilkes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book you could use in numerous of ways in history with time lines, history, or historical events. Harriet Tubman is most well-known for her work on the underground railroad. Prior to and during the Civil War era, she was called "black Moses" because, like Moses, she led people out of slavery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm reading it in school and i'm liking it alot i just read the sample so far on this
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
Who Was Harriet Tubman? by Yona Zeldis McDonough goes into a lot of personal information I did not know about Harriet. This book is filled with details and interesting personal info about her life that probably won't be found in a normal history book. By the end of the book, I felt I had a stronger sense of who Harriet was as a person. Great job. Fantastic book for a fantastic woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kristey needed to catch up to Amy, she told Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles that she would be right back. When she found Amy, she was crying by a small lake. "Amy", said Kristey. "WHAT DO YOU WANT", yelled Amy. "Settle down, I just want to know why your jealuse of me", said Kristey. "Why wouldn't I be ", began Amy. "Your pretty, kind, strong, you have a nice house..." "Okay I see why you would be jealuse of me but, i'm jealuse of you too", said Kristey. "You are", said Amy sniffling. "Of corse, you live in an real house not a cave, you carry a GIANT hammer, and you have lots of freinds", said Kristey. "Thank you", said Amy. "And... i'm sorry i'm
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She lived to be 92.
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Meh its ok
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It was a little confusing but ok
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This is an awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why would you say it is about poo and pee if it was not for Harriet Tubman black people will still be slaves.Also it does not matter if you are black or white.From a nine year old ehich is in fourh grade
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I learned that Harriet Tubman is an outstanding woman. I think everyone should read this book and enjoy it.
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