Perfect Picture Book Friday/The Story of Harriet Tubman

Hi Friends!

I’m not really back yet! I’m still at the beach! I’ve scheduled this blog post of Harriet Tubman for Perfect Picture Book Friday to go up last Saturday morning to go live today while I drive back home. Hopefully I’ll be responding to comments tonight. It depends on how late we get back.  You’ll see me tomorrow reading other PPBF’s I’m sure.

I sure do hope all of you had as nice a summer as I did. You’ll see photos on Tuesday. How many should I put up? Six or ten? It was a busy summer and I took hunderds of photos.  I thought I’d put some up on Face book too. Actually I thought I would have done that by now. Lol. Thought a lot of things would be done by now. 🙂 actually .

Book Cover for Harriet TubmanYep! I’m nervous. This is my first post of the summer and I’m not sure who of you will see me now I’m back. But I’m glad I’m back. I can’t wait till I hear about  your summer. 🙂  

Perfect Picture Book Friday/The Story of Harriet Tubman

Title: The Story of Harriet Tubman

Author: Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

Published by: Chelsea Clubhouse Books by Chelsea House Publishers, a subsidiary of Haights Cross Communications, Historical biography, 2004 / www.chelseahouse.com

Themes: Harriet Tubman, 1820?—1913; Juvenile Literature, slaves, United States, African American women, underground railroad, antislavery movements, civil war,

Resources: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/index.htm is a powerhouse of information for the whole abolition movement including but not limited to Harriet Tubman. There are slideshows, printable and activities here. There are curriculum connections for history, language arts and geography.

Look at http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/tubman/ for online digital and web resources.

Google was very forthcoming with many more suggestions.

http://www.theteachersguide.com/BlackHistoryMonth.html for mini courses on everyone associated with the abolition movement from Rosa Parks to Sojourner Truth as well as Harriet Tubman. There are five mini units in all. And there seems to be a complete offering on all the famous African Americans that all students need to know about.

From the jacket: A biography of American abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery and led Book Cover for Harriet Tubmanothers to freedom as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Includes bibliographical references and index.

For ages: grade three through sixth

First three lines: On Christmas Eve, Harriet Tubman hid in an old shed used to store feed for animals. The shed was just outside her parents’ home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, a slave state. Harriet was a runaway slave.

Why I love it: As you can see from the first three lines this biography deals with adventure and high risks. Written in an interesting style this book has many photos and sidebars to keep a child interested through the whole book. It gives a thorough view of what slavery was and why it was inhumane. It portrays Harriet as a hero and as a  courageous woman. That she was also an African American and had a handicap makes her even more appealing. In addition to her Underground Railroad conductor duties she became a spy for the Union Army and helped lead raids up South Carolina’s Combahee River destroying railroads and bridges to keep supplies from reaching Confederate camps. After the civil war Harriet continued working for Black rights and she even bought a plot of land that later became the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged. A quote from the book says it all. “Long ago, when the Lord told me to go free my people, do you suppose he wanted me to do this just for a day, or a week? No! [He] meant me to do it just so long as I live.” Harriet Tubman

Her dedication and determination makes her one of my heroes and role models.

PS: As you can guess from the images on this post, I couldn’t find the exact book cover of Harriet Tubman by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack that   I read so I found some others and posted them. Koestler-Grack has written many other biographies and many historical picture books but I couldn’t find this particular book. I also left the numbers of id on the photos so they could be identified back from their sources. If you know any more about the photo controversy of this summer please fill me in so I can correct any problems. In the past I have used Flickr’s common license photos so I will be OK there but if you think I have  not complied with the new rules please tell me and I will greatly appreciate it.I have missed much in these weeks of vacation and I hope to get up to speed soon.

For more links to Perfect Picture Books, a collection of bloggers who contribute at Susanna Leonard Hill’s site, click here.

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About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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44 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/The Story of Harriet Tubman

  1. Catherine Johnson says:

    Hi Clar, I’m looking firward to seeing your photos. I bet you had a lovely time.

    This sounds a fascinating story told really well so children will listen. What a courageous woman and I love that quote. Welcome back!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      I did have a great time. Sorry it’s all over but the chickens as my father used to say. Actually there is a story about that I’ll have to tell someday.

      This book is fascinating and kids all over will atest to it. 🙂

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  2. Hi Clar:
    Waiting to see your summer photos. Welcome back 🙂
    Great write up on this book. I’ll be sure to check it out.

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  3. My kind of book! I love historical fiction. And Harriet Tubman was such a courageous figure in African-Amerian history. A hero. Will have to look this one up. Great share.

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  4. sandra305 says:

    Harriet Tubman is one of my favorite people and it looks like a wonderful book!

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  5. Clar, so glad to see you (almost) back! I love when people post picture books for older kids, and this looks like a good one. Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad are so interesting and such an important part of history. The opening lines pull you right in! can’t wait to see your vacation photos 🙂

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Well it’s a promise then. Next Tuesday I’ll post photos gazillion. Will ten or twelve do? Out of the many I took it will be hard selecting just a few.

      Yes, the opening lines pulled me right in and kept me in. This was a very interesting book. 🙂

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  6. So good to see you (almost) back. This book looks excellent — I so love picture book biographies, and Harriet Tubman was such an awesome woman. Thanks for sharing this! (I think you’re okay with using a cover photo of a book in conjunction with a book review, by the way.)

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  7. Hi Clar, so good to hear you are nearly back. Looking forward to seeing all your lovely photos. i too love historical fiction or bios so this really attracted my attention. Great review. Chat to you soon.

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  8. My vote is for twelve photos! I am glad you had a great vacation. Thank you for sharing the lines in this book. The language is so engaging. Your discussion of the book demands that I read it. This woman is such an American hero.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Pamela, You’ll really like it. Because it’s a picture book it’s short and you learn a lot. I just love historical biographical picture books I like saving them for my grandson, too.

      Ok, I’ll try for twelve. thanks. 🙂

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  9. The first lines are compelling! So glad you’re back, and so glad you reviewed this book. It sounds like a great one!

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  10. Darlene says:

    Gl;ad to have you back. Now I am going away for 2 weeks. Catch up with you when I return.

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  11. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Clar! My niece (age 8) adores Harriet Tubman. She is going to be Harriet Tubman for Halloween. I will definitely find this book for her. Have a safe trip home!

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  12. Hi Clar * waves*

    Hope you’re having a lovely time, I’m soooo jealous!

    Xx

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  13. Harriet Tubman was an amazing woman. It’s always fascinating to think about how some people were able to impact our world in a major way. Great recommendation and welcome (almost) back!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Heather. It’s good to be back but I”m still nervous about keeping all my promises. My husband has a big bad sunburn keeping away from chores today and I find I have a lot to do.

      All I need is to look at Harriett and it will make me finish things in no time, huh? She is a good role model. Now to do something really good for society like she did. 🙂

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  14. So glad you have had a good vacation, Clar and every kid should read about Harriet Tubman. These first lines are strong. great choice!

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  15. Great and important selection Clar!

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  16. Laura Renauld says:

    I’ll have to check this book out. I need to try my hand at some more NF writing!

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  17. I always thought that these kinds of biography books were interesting and important. Glad you’re (almost) back! 🙂

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  18. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    An important topic. Thanks for adding this to the list.

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  19. Judith says:

    Harriet Tubman followed dream images to save the slaves too. She experienced severe head trauma and it is thought her”visions” of safe routes came as a result of this injury. A truly remarkable lady…

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  20. Hi Clar…welcome back! So happy you had a great summer. 😉
    Thanks for giving us this book…I love historical books for kids…maybe because I want to read it for myself as much as for them. 😉 Great resources…what a super classroom unit this would make!

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