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I am Harriet Tubman based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I Am Harriet Tubman is a kid-friendly look into the life of the infamous Harriet Tubman, whom not only 'conducted' the Underground Railroad and helped many slaves reach freedom in the North, but also became the first American woman to lead an army raid in the Civil War. One of the neat things about the Ordinary People Change the World series is that they are all told in 'first person'. The person of interest (Harriet) narrates her life to us, in both text and thought bubbles. I thought this helped put us right into the story and made reading it a lot more entertaining. The only odd thing to note is that we start out with the young version of Harriet and even though her life progresses well into old age, she visually never changes and remains as she was on the first page. I kind of like this idea because it helps kids identify with the people in the books and can see themselves doing grown-up things. This is one of many similar biographies in the Ordinary People Change the World series and I am so glad this series exists. Each illustrates a life that has changed the world for the better.
About: I am Harriet Tubman is a children’s non-fiction picture book written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. It was published on 1/16/18 by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, hardcover, 40 pages. The genres are juvenile non-fiction, biography, and picture books. This book is intended for readers ages 5 to 8 and grades K to 3. My Experience: I started reading I am Harriet Tubman on 2/3/18 as a story time for my 6 year-old son and we finished it that same day. This book is fantastic! I love introducing my son history, especially an important topic as someone taking action to make a difference. My son and I like the comic strips because it shows history in an interactive way. It feels real when it’s happening in front of you. I like Harriet illustrated as a little girl because kids can easily relate themselves to her, though her short hair makes my son think of her as a boy. I like that the author brings in the close relationships Harriet has with her mom and dad through stories and teachings. In this book, readers will follow Harriet Tubman as she introduce herself and the concept of slavery. She talks in the first person point of view about how she and her family have been enslaved and about being born with little and not having a choice. There are comics style of conversation to show communications about how slaves are being bought and sold and how families are being separated through human transactions. The comics also shows the brutal ways the slaves are being treated by their masters. As the story move forward, Harriet express her feelings of dislike toward slavery. She made her first escape using the underground railroad to find freedom. After her success with finding freedom, she went back to rescue her families and friends. In the end, her positive actions are recognized by erecting statues and naming schools and parks after her. This book is very well written. I like the positive encouragement at the end of the book about making hard decisions. I like the timeline of Harriet Tubman’s life. I love that my son get to see her real picture after the read. I like that the author added in the definition for the underground railroad and what being enslaved means. This book is great because it brings upon an important history topic and made it easier for kids to read and understand. Slavery is sad and it brings tears to my eyes as I read this story, but I am grateful that my son can see that changes can happen when someone take actions. This book is excellent and I highly recommend everyone to read it! Pro: illustrations, Harriet Tubman, comic strips, underground railroad definition, background on slavery, taking action Con: none I rate it 5 stars! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Brad Meltzer and publisher Penguin Young Readers for the opportunity to read and review. I appreciate the invitation to host a blog tour for this book! Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details