Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford #22

Weatherford, C.B. (2006). Moses: When Harriet Tubman led her people to freedom. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. New York: Hyperiorn Books for Children.

Book Type/Pages:

Picture/44 pages

Grade Level:

Kindergarten through fifth grades

Curriculum Links:

Social Studies

Author Credibility:

The author gives background information on Harriet Tubman both in the foreward and in the author’s notes.


2007 Caldecott Honor

2007 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Book Summary:

This book is about Harriet Tubman’s extraordinary life. The story starts when she is a child and progresses through her adult life. She was born into slavery, but with the help of God, escaped to freedom in the north. She felt God call her to help free others and become the “Moses” for her people and she made numerous trips south to free enslaved blacks.

National/State Standards:

National Social Studies Standards:
Individual Development and Identity
Individuals, Groups, and Institutions


The book does not mention the media used in the illustrations. Each two page spread has a large, detailed, and moving illustration. The text appears over the illustration. The colors in the illustration correlate to the progression of Harriet’s journey to freedom.

Access Features:

Important access features in this book include a foreward and an author’s note. The endpapers are golden yellow, perhaps to symbolize the sun.

Writing Style:

This book was written in almost a lyrical fashion. The text appears throughout the pages in waves. The text is informal and engaging and easy to understand.

Use in My Classroom:

I would use this book as a part of a unit on civil rights and studies of women who overcame obstacles in their lifetime to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

My Response to the Book:

I thought this was a powerful book. The illustrations were beautiful and the accompanying text had movement. I felt deeply moved while reading this book. I learned more about Harriet Tubman and her incredible life. She is a hero to so many!

Related Texts:

Other books about Harriet Tubman and slavery:

If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter
If you Lived When There Was Slavery in America by Anne Kamma
Wanted Dead or Alive: The True Story of Harriet Tubman by Ann McGovern
A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman by David A. Adler
An Apple for Harriet Tubman by Glennette Tilley Turner

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