Tuesday, July 24, 2007

35. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

Nonfiction book annotation
By: Angela Wilcox

48 pages

Weatherford, C. B. (2006). Moses: When Harriet Tubman led her people to freedom. New York: Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children.

Author Creditability: The book does not state where Weatherford got her information and sources. She has written several award winning books. I did find her website http://www.caroleweatherford.com/ and it has a slide show on it of different primary resources from this book.

Summary: This book lets the reader feel like they are right there with Harriet Tubman. You are able to read her thoughts and prayers to God as she starts her escape and journey to freedom. It then tells of her involvement with the Underground Railroad and her numerous journeys back to the south to free hundreds of slaves. All the while staying close to God and letting him lead her path. She becomes known as the Moses of her people.

Most Important Access Features: The foreword helps to build the readers schema on what is going on with slavery during this time period. The text where God is speaking to Harriet is always done in a larger text font and in a grayish color. At the back of the book there is an author’s note telling about this book and Harriet Tubman’s life.

Description of Illustrations: The illustrations were done by Kadir Nelson as paintings.
They are beautifully done and help the reader to understand exactly the danger Tubman was facing through the dark colors and worried facial expressions upon Tubman’s face.

Grade Level & Uses: K-3 grade; This book could be used to teach about The Underground Railroad and slavery.

Standards: Culture; Time, Continuity, and Change; Individual Development and Identity; Individuals, Groups, and Institutions; Power, Authority, and Governance

Related Texts & How Related: These books could be used along with Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom to discuss Harriet Tubman, slavery, and the Underground Railroad.

Who was Harriet Tubman by Yona Zeldis McDonough and Nancy Harrison
Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry
A Picture Book on Harriet Tubman by David A. Adler and Samuel Byrd

2007 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
2007 Caldecott Honor
A New York Times Best Seller
NAACP Image Award

Personal Response to Book: This was a very inspiring book. It amazed me of her relationship with God and how He led her out. I found this book to be very touching and moving.

1 comment:

brooke dycus said...

I have this book and absolutely love it! The illustrations are amazing. My students read this book on a daily basis.