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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn the basics of Harriet Tubman's life. They'll hear about slavery, the Underground Railroad, and the heroics and courage of the woman who continued to go back to help others to freedom.
Ease of Play
Easy tap to choose reading style, though kids may have some trouble tapping in the right place to turn the page once in the story.
Violence & Scariness
Reference to the slave owner hitting Tubman.
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Products & Purchases
Large buttons on the home page take users an ad for the larger parent digital library. A parent gate asks users to provide their year of birth before proceeding to the app store.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This incredibly simple narrative just begins to introduce young kids to the life story and heroic work of an American icon. Harriet Tubman Road to Freedom is short and doesn't get into much detail, making it, as a story, most appropriate for really little ones (early preschool range) even though the topic may be intense. Given the difficult concepts inherent in Harriet's story, so parents should be prepared to answer questions kids may have. Beautiful graphics accompany the text and help bring the story to life. The narration is well done and it's nice to see the text highlighted so that kids can read along. It would be nice to see some additional supports such as discussion suggestions or background information. It would also be nice if the story were a bit more substantial in its narrative.
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