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I Am #6: Harriet Tubman Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-14 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 15 user ratings
ISBN:0545484367
LANGUAGE:English

"This book follows Harriet Tubman from a personal viewpoint. It felt like you were reading a letter from a family member telling her story. I really enjoyed the viewpoint and information included in this version of her life history. I gave this book 5/5 stars. I thought the pictures and illustrations were well placed and helped the book have credibility. I learned things about Harriet Tubman that I did not know! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy to read and understand retelling of her life story!

I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
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"Scholastic's new biography series is perfect for 2nd graders on up. The reader-friendly chapters are short and engaging. Numerous detailed illustrations fill the book adding to the story. This particular volume focuses on Harriet Tubman and her heroic deeds throughout her life. She was born a slave and a woman, a small woman at that. So it is quite amazing all that she accomplished despite these seemingly insurmountable circumstances. At barely five feet tall Harriet was not afraid to stand up to her white owners which usually resulted in severe beatings. She eventually escaped on the Underground Railroad and later became its most well-known conductor. She saved over 70 slaves and never lost a single passenger on her railroad. She also was a spy and scout during the Civil War. Later she continued to fight for equal rights for her people of color as well as her gender. Harriet even worked for better care of the elderly. A lot of grit and gumption filled this small woman who did a lot for our country. " said.

"Last year DD7 and I read and enjoyed the Drinking gourd, so this book was a step up. It is a new (Jan 2013) biography of Harriet Tubman by Grace Norwich (Scholastic). It has a recommended reading age of 7 years and up. DD7 could read most of it herself. Instead, we chose to read it together so I could answer any questions she had. It deals with some pretty serious topics for a 7yr old such as slavery, the bad treatment of slaves and racism. Harriet Tubman’s life and work for civil and woman’s rights is inspiring to say the least. Books like this make it easier for our children to understand that they live with equal rights today because of the sacrifice and courage of women like Harriet Tubman. Although it is marketed as a children’s book I think that even adults who would like a simple outline of Ms. Tubman’s life would enjoy this book.
This title is the sixth in the Scholastic 'I am' biography series written by Grace Norwich.

the review as originally posted on my blog
http://piwiprincess.blogspot.com/2013...
I Am #6: Harriet TubmanGrace Norwich
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"Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland in 1821. She escaped to freedom in her late 20s and from then on worked tirelessly to end slavery. She was a conductor on the Underground Railroad, returning over and over again to the south to guide more than 70 slaves to freedom. When slavery ended, she worked for the rights of blacks in the United States, and also for the rights of women.

This book is an excellent introduction to Harriet Tubman. It covers her entire life and does so at a pace fast enough to keep the reader interested. The beginning of the book contains some history of Harriet Tubman's family, and thus some history of slavery. The details of her many trips on the Underground Railroad increase the fascinating nature of the book.

The pencil illustrations break up the text and add additional information. Boxes contain facts related to Harriet Tubman and freedom and slavery are included. The boxes, though, aren't so long that they take the reader's focus away from the text of the book.
The cover illustration is in color and shows a fearless woman reaching out a beckoning hand.

After reading I Am Harriet Tubman, I’d like to know more about this courageous and powerful woman. Several books are listed as possibilities for further reading. The end papers also include a map of the Underground Railroad, a list of 10 things one should know about Harriet Tubman, followed by a list of 10 more interesting facts, a glossary and index.

The quality of the binding isn't great. I suspect it will fall apart after three or four readings in a school library. This isn't a reason not to buy the book, but it may be a reason to buy multiple copies.

Although the title of the book implies the book is written in first person, it’s actually written in third person, with a three page first person spread in the very beginning.

Harriet Tubman’s primary work wasn't as a politician, but through her civil disobedience she helped to bring about political change.
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" A good overview of Harriet Tubman’s life and contributions. There were several unanswered or incomplete or vague sections where I wanted to know more details or what really happened. It is well done for the young audience it was written for. Harriet Tubman was a brave and compassionate woman. I will stand in line to meet her in heaven. " said.

"This series and this book in particular ROCKS!!! Overall it's well written with an introduction that pulls the reader in and gets them started with some basic info. People that appear in text are pictured before the start of the narrative along with a paragraph identifying who they are and what role they play in Tubman's life. Additionally, a timeline is included. All this before the narrative even starts!

Harriet's life reads like a gripping story. Illustrations highlight key scenes in her life and sidebars offer commentary on topics raised in text.

Following the narrative is a map of the Underground Railroad,2 lists of facts about Tubman, a glossary, list of places to visit, a bibliography, and an index.

This biography is high quality and one that I would recommend for grades 3-5, especially for reports. Additionally, the wealth of information and the writing style makes this a great example of informational text in line with the Common Core State Standards.
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"Other reviewers have mentioned how exciting this biography of the diminutive woman was, and I absolutely agree. After an introduction that provides a glimpse into the life of Harriet Tubman, born with many strikes against her, the book traces her early years and the harsh treatment she endured before trying to escape to freedom. The writer makes readers feel as though they are right alongside this fearless woman, somehow finding the courage to venture south again and again as she led others, many of them her relatives, to a better life. Young readers will feel just as dismayed and disheartened as I was to learn that she was never compensated for the work she performed for the Union Army during the Civil War. While many readers will know about her travels on the Underground Railroad, they may not know that she led an army, served as a spy, and advocated for better treatment of the elderly as well as being involved in the civil rights and women's suffrage movements. Like the other titles in the "I Am..." series, this one provides interesting details missing from many history texts. The book also lists websites that allow readers to glimpse some of Harriet's stops along her journey. The illustrations work very well with the story. " said.

"By: Grace Norwich
Published by Scholastic Paperbacks
Age Recommended: all ages
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"I Am Harriet Tubman" by Grace Norwich was a wonderfully well written novel. This was a biography of Ms. Tubman's 'struggles and success for both civil and women's rights.' From the reading we find that Harriet Tubman not only escaped slavery by helping others but many times only to be found risking her own life in the process in her determination to 'create a better 'America.' All I can say is that you will have to pick up this read by the author to see just what all this series holds. Be ready for 'series features full-color illustrated covers, one-color illustrations throughout, a timeline, an introduction to the people you'll meet in the book, maps, sidebars, and a top-ten list of important things to know about each hero.' I found this a very interesting read and I would recommend this read to you as a excellent read.
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