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Who Was Harriet Tubman? (Who Was...?) [Kindle Edition]

Yona Z McDonough , Nancy Harrison
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4202 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 044842889X
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (30 Dec. 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097MAQNS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #306,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Harriet Tubman was the first woman to act as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, the network of contacts that enabled slaves to escape from the Southern states in the years leading up to the American Civil War.

Her story is little known in Britain, but the issues are covered well here and woven into a readable and inspiring narrative in a style similar to the Scholastic series "My Story" in this reasonably priced American edition. It's ideal for introducing Key Stage 2 (9-11 year old) children to the topic of slavery in an absorbing and thought-provoking way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading 22 April 2014
By ck
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Hadn't heard of this lady before until I was looking for black history books for my daughter...a must to have in your collect...the book is informative & well written..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant educational tool for children. 4 Nov. 2014
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Good introduction to younger children about history. Well written & set out very easy to understand & explain difficult situations that happened in history to children
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Aug. 2014
Excellent value for money ... my year 5 pupils will enjoy reading this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 14 Mar. 2003
By Patrice A. Williams - Published on
Yona Zeldis McDonough did a wonderful job describing "Who Was Harriet Tubman? I read this book as a part of a Social Studies Unit on African American History to my Kindergarten class they were totally immersed. Even though the audience of students were young. They still answered the comprehension questions that I frequently asked through out the book exceedingly well.
The reason why I selected McDonough's book over other books about Harriet Tubman was that it spoke of all aspects of history that occurred at that particular time.
As a child I had studied Nat Turner, Abraham Lincoln, and of course Harriet Tubman, but it was amazing how many historical events occurred that she was an active part of.
I feel that after reading this particular story that I have learned a great deal about an important icon in African American History, reading this book has enabled me to trace the beginnings of all beginnings. Harriet Tubman was truly a phenomenal women. She gave of herself again and again . . . By assisting others to freedom through The Underground Railroad, her service in the Union Army, and her many years of service as a nurse.
As I read this book to my class they emphasized that they could literally see the scenes as I was reading them. Some of the terminology was intense and I used appropriate wording to make it age-appropriate for my students.
Either way this is an excellent read for all -- and I hope to check out more books by this very informative author!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harriet's Life 31 Jan. 2011
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I read the book Who Was Harriet Tubman. I thought it was very descriptive about her.I learned alot of information like when she was little her real name was Minty.She was born in Maryland.I also learned when she got older she changed her name after her mother.What really made me sad was when Harriet died in Auburn,New York. She died because she caught pneumonia (a serious disease in which your lungs inflame).
I admire Harriet Tubman for everything she did because if she hadn't fought back slavery would still exist.She was one of the greatest leaders we ever had.Harriet Tubman was famous because she risked her life helping black people.when it was dark she would round up slaves then lead them north.Sometimes she would hide in houses of people who didn't believe in slavery.Legend says Harriet never lost one passenger.Harriet would know where to go by using the northern star.The northern star was a star that led you north.If the northern star was covered she would look for moss.Moss only grew on the north side of trees.Harriet also was a civil war nurse.When people caught dysentery she would use her mother's medicne to cure them.Harriet Tubman was also a union army spy.She dressed up as a man.Sometimes black slaves from the southern army would share information with her.This is why I thought the book was descriptive.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book 10 Mar. 2006
By Howard Baker - Published on
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i used this for my third graders book report and it was very informational and interesting.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Children AND Adults 7 Dec. 2014
By CWinkler - Published on
My eight-year-old daughter discovered Yona Zeldis McDonough’s Who Was Harriet Tubman? while sifting through the books handed down to her from our generous teen neighbor. She was excited to make this find because she had already read McDonough’s Who Was Rosa Parks? at school. Her passionate recommendation regarding this series was, “It’s not like you don’t want to read these books,” said in a hurried speech. Hey, this more than works for me.

My daughter allowed me to read Who Was Harriet Tubman? first because she is currently reading Janet B. Pascal’s Who Was Abraham Lincoln?. I read Who Was Harriet Tubman? in one sitting; it was that good.

Not only did I learn crucial biographical facts, but I also heard Tubman’s voice through key quotes. When finally a free woman, Tubman declared, “‘I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person now that I was free. There was such a glory over everything, the sun came like gold through the trees and over the fields and I felt like I was in heaven’” (45). As a spy in the Union army, Tubman concludes, “”I made up my mind [that] I would never wear a long dress on another expedition . . . but would have a bloomer as soon as I could get it’” (82). My kind of lady . . .

With illustrations by Nancy Harrison which further reinforce Tubman’s story, this is an ideal book for even the reluctant reader.

My next assigned reading [from my third-grader] is What Is the Statue of Liberty? by Joan Holub. I am looking forward to uncovering what all I had failed to learn or simply forgotten since my time in third grade.
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a great read, even for grown ups. 13 Oct. 2014
By Trista Hendren - Published on
My daughter and I read this together last week over the course of 2 days. It's a relatively short, but powerful read.

Harriet's bravery stuck out the most to my daughter. She put her own life at risk many times, even as a very young woman. Her courage was remarkable. The author did not try to hide the unpleasantness of her life, including when she came back to rescue her husband and she found he had married another woman. I think that while this fact shocked my daughter, it's important information for young girls to absorb in the midst of Barbie and Disney movies.

Harriet was her own heroine. And she saved hundreds of men and women despite her personal limitations.

The book did a very good job on putting a human face on the horrifics of slavery. Like most eight-year-olds, she is aware that slavery existed, however, prior to reading this book, I don't think she had any understanding of what life as a slave actually entailed.

We fell in love with Harriet. We both cried when she died at the end.

Truly a great read, even for grown ups.
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