Title: Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Published: September 28, 2006
Theme: Courage and Faith
Character Origin: Human
Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 48
Ages: 5-8 | Book Level: 4.0 | Lexile Measure: AD660L
Synopsis: This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman’s strength, humility, and devotion. With proper reverence, Weatherford and Nelson do justice to the woman who, long ago, earned over and over the name Moses.
This is the story of Harriet Tubman and her journey to freedom. Her faith and extraordinary courage guided her through each treacherous mile.
I have read many stories about Harriet Tubman. This one, by far, was the most captivating. Weatherford does a marvelous job incorporating Tubman’s faith and ongoing conversations with God into the narrative. You don’t really find that too often in mainstream kids books (but I LOVE IT!). Through this dialogue, she musters the courage and reads the signs that enable her to keep pushing forward. Weatherford’s narrative was eloquently written and a true joy to read. It takes the reader on a heartfelt journey through marshes, wagons, and other hiding places on the road to freedom.
Nelson’s illustrations were stunning and full of such rich detail. Most of the illustrations are reminiscent of photos that I’ve seen previously of Harriet Tubman in other texts. I found myself distracted (in a good way) by the imagery as it aligned perfectly with every word on the page. This is an exceptional story to introduce young readers to Harriet Tubman, slavery, and the Underground Railroad. I’m certain that families will enjoy reading this rendition of Harriet’s story as much as I did.