Who Was Harriet Tubman?
Who Was Harriet Tubman?

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Annotation: A biography of the nineteenth-century woman who escaped slavery and helped many other slaves get to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #328950
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Copyright Date: 2002
Edition Date: 2002
Illustrator: Harrison, Nancy,
Pages: 106 pages
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: Publisher: 0-448-42889-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-33864-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-448-42889-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-33864-7
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2002004663
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
These short, illustrated books capture the lives of famous individuals with accessible prose. Each book spends considerable time explaining the childhood experiences of its subject and manages to give readers a sense of the individual's personality and motives. All but Tallchief and Houdini have bibliographies. Timeline. [Review covers these Who Was...? titles: Who Is Maria Tallchief?, Who Was Amelia Earhart?, Who Was Harriet Tubman?, Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?, and Who Was Harry Houdini?.]
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Horn Book (8/1/03)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 106).
Word Count: 8,883
Reading Level: 4.6
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.6 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 66484 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.1 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q34209
Lexile: 650L
Guided Reading Level: R
Fountas & Pinnell: R

Who Was Harriet Tubman?

Who Was Harriet Tubman?

For my mother, Malcah Zeldis—Y.Z.M.

To Christopher, a Nan’s best friend—N.H.


Who Was Harriet Tubman?

No one knows the exact year in which Harriet Tubman was born. It may have been 1820 or 1821. Almost everyone thought the birth of a slave baby wasn’t worth remembering. Born a slave, Harriet Tubman grew into a brave and daring young woman. She was brave enough to escape from slavery. She was daring enough to help others escape, too. Because she led so many to freedom, she was called “Moses.” Like Moses in the Bible, Harriet Tubman believed that her people should be free. And she risked her life many times to help them become free. Even after she had escaped safely from the South, she went back to take other slaves north to freedom. Here is her story.

Chapter 1
Life in Maryland

Sometime around 1820 in Maryland, a slave named Harriet Ross had a baby girl. Neither Harriet, who was called Old Rit, nor her husband, Ben, could read or write, so they couldn’t record the year of the baby’s birth. No one else thought it was worth doing. But Old Rit loved her tiny child and wanted to protect her. She hoped her little girl, whose nickname was Minty, would learn to sew, cook, or weave. Then she could be a house slave and avoid the backbreaking work picking crops like tobacco, corn, or wheat in the fields.

Excerpted from Who Was Harriet Tubman? by Yona Zeldis McDonough
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Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman knew first-hand what it meant to be someone's property; she was whipped by owners and almost killed by an overseer. It was from other field hands that she first heard about the Underground Railroad which she travelled by herself north to Philadelphia. Throughout her long life (she died at the age of ninety-two) and long after the Civil War brought an end to slavery, this amazing woman was proof of what just one person can do.

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