Harriet Tubman - "DK Biography" Series
This biography by Kem Knapp Sawyer is in the "DK Biography" series and is published by DK Publishing.
Harriet Tubman is written for kids ages 9 to 13. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
Crude or Profane Language
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Born a slave, Harriet's biggest fear is that members of her family will be sold and that the family will be permanently separated. After discovering her owner is considering selling her, Harriet runs away with the help of the Underground Railroad. She travels along the Underground Railroad many more times to help family members and other slaves escape and becomes an influential voice in the anti-slavery movement. She later serves as a scout and a nurse for the Union army and opens a home for the elderly. Long after her death in 1913, Harriet continues to receive recognition for her contributions to American history.
Although Harriet is unable to attend church regularly, her parents tell her stories from the Bible, and she joins her father in fasting from time to time. Harriet often dreams of her freedom and believes these visions are a message from the Lord, comparing her longing to the Israelites' search for the Promised Land. She later feels called by God to become a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and some of the people she helps believe the Lord had given her a special power, like Moses, to lead them. Harriet and her second husband, Nelson, are active members in their local church, and over the years, she encounters many Christians who are abolitionists. Harriet's funeral is a multi-congregational event, and her commitment to listening to the Lord's voice is acknowledged.
Other Belief Systems
There are brief descriptions of some of Harriet's more painful physical experiences as a slave and a black woman. She is whipped and beaten on more than one occasion and is hit in the head with a lead weight after not helping an overseer tie up a slave.
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Readability Age Range
9 to 13
Kem Knapp Sawyer