The Story of Harriet Tubman by Christine Platt
A Biography Book for New Readers
Rockridge Press (April 7, 2020)
Age Range: 6-8 years/Grade Level 1-3
Children’s Social Activists Biographies/Children Biographies
Discover the life of Harriet Tubman―a story about courage, bravery, and freedom
Harriet Tubman became a celebrated leader in the fight to free people from slavery. Before that, she was a determined young girl who believed that everyone deserved to be free. Harriet Tubman bravely used the Underground Railroad―a network of secret routes and safe houses―to free herself and many other enslaved people. Explore how Harriet Tubman went from being a slave on a plantation in Maryland to one of the most important figures in American history. How will her courageous spirit inspire you?
This Harriet Tubman biography includes:
- Path to freedom―Explore a visual timeline of Harriet’s life so you can see her progress over time.
- Helpful definitions―Discover a glossary with easy-to-understand definitions for the more advanced words and ideas in the book.
- Test your knowledge―Take a quiz to make sure you understand the who, what, where, when, why, and how of Harriet’s life.
If you’ve been searching for Harriet Tubman biographies for kids, look no further―this one has it all.
Very well written biography of Harriet Tubman. A complete account of her life as well as how she free slaves. I really liked that it included her entire life (her childhood, her life as a slave, escaping, helping others become free, her assistance during the Civil War, opening a boarding house, and more). A lot of information but easy to understand. This beginner reader offers a Glossary, timelines throughout the book, Think About prompts, Myth vs Facts boxes, and an end of book quiz.
One a personal note, I have been fascinated with Harriet Tubman since I did a report on her way back when I was in fourth grade (I’m in my 50’s now). A few years ago The Tubman Museum and Educational Center opened on the Eastern Shore near where Harriet was born. This is part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a self-guided, scenic driving tour with more than 30 sites related to freedom seekers in the 1800. I hope to visit this summer.
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (April 1, 2020)
ARC provided by publisher/Callisto Publishing Club
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christine A. Platt is a historian and storyteller of the African diaspora. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida, M.A. in African Studies from The Ohio State University and received her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law.
Her debut novel, The Truth About Awiti, was published under the penname CP Patrick and won the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal for Multicultural Fiction. The Truth About Awiti is currently used in high schools, colleges and universities to teach the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Christine’s highly anticipated children series, Ana & Andrew, will be published on December 15, 2018 (ABDO Books/Calico Kids).
Christine currently serves as the Managing Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University under the leadership of National Book Award-winning author, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. She is a proud member of the Association of Black Women Historians and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. She is also an Ambassador for Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Additionally, Christine is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
You can follow Christine on Instagram via @theafrominimalist, where she interacts with thousands of friends and fans on minimalism and, of course, books.