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Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers

By Tanya Smith, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

An earnest group biography leavened with humor.

Book Jean Fritz Biography 1994
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Good Historical Overview

We enjoyed this overview of influential author Harriet Beecher Stowe. We used it as a read-aloud when doing a unit on slavery, abolitionists, and the Underground Railroad. It does include sad things that happened both in Harriet’s life and in history, but my sometimes sensitive eight-year-old had no problem with it.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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This earnest group biography is leavened with humor and provides revealing glimpses into the Beecher mind-set and psyche. Admirably, the book doesn't shy away from the problems that plagued this famous family: It was said that all the Beechers suffered from nervous conditions. Many of them, including Harriet, were self-labeled "hypos," or hypochondriacs (at the time, the term was applied to people suffering from depression).

The story of how Beecher Stowe came to write her classic novel, and in the process find herself, transcends time. Lots of quotes, ample character description, and a dash of humor bring the characters to life; illustrations include black-and-white photographs and Beecher Stowe memorabilia.

Book Details

  • Author: Jean Fritz
  • Genre: Biography
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Publication date: January 1, 1994
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Last updated: September 14, 2015

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