Moses

  • Title: Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
  • Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
  • Publisher: Jump at the Sea, Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication year: 2006
  • Brief Summary: From Amazon-“Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman hears these words from God one summer night and decides to leave her husband and family behind and escape. Taking with her only her faith, she must creep through woods with hounds at her feet, sleep for days in a potato hole, and trust people who could have easily turned her in. But she was never alone. In lyrical text, Carole Boston Weatherford describes Tubman’s spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman would make nineteen subsequent trips back south, never being caught, but none as profound as this first one. Courageous, compassionate, and deeply religious, Harriet Tubman, with her bravery and relentless pursuit of freedom, is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I think this would be another great picture book to add during a history class although I do not know if because this is about Harriet Tubman’s spiritual journey. I do think this would also work in a public library.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –As always, I think Nelson’s illustrations are stunning. One of my favorite illustrations is of Harriet Tubman gazing up a the moon and speaking to God, the moon the only light illuminating the landscape. I also thought it was interesting that the words of God are in a different font and are separated from the text of the story.

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