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Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Beautiful picture book bio shows Tubman rooted in faith.

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Two attention-grabbing elements set this fantastic story of Tubman apart from others. The first is the spiritual focus of Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Rather than retelling known events of Tubman's life, this picture book is a fictionalized account of her communication with God along her journey. The book's text consists primarily of swirling, lyrical conversations she has with God before, during, and after her flight. She hears God's voice in the breeze and songs of birds and sees God's face reflected in moonlight on swamp water. God clearly tells her that enslavement is wrong, she is right to escape it, and that she should help others do the same.

The second special element is the book's artwork: a series of two-page, borderless paintings that are nothing short of spectacular. Clear, vivid, and bathed in light, they enhance the relationship Harriet has with God and add a powerful emotional expressiveness to the book. Harriet's face is prominently featured on almost every page, showing her courage and strength even in the midst of terrible hardship and danger. Combined with the poetic text, these images create a musical quality that turns this oft-told historical tale into something more: a testament to Harriet's own heart and senses, as well as her mind.

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