A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Facts about Harriet Tubman's life, the Underground Railroad, the way enslaved people were treated, other historical information.
Never stop fighting for the things that matter most to you. Determination, compassion, intelligence are important and should be nurtured.
Positive Role Models
Harriet is brave and kind, shows commitment and caring. Her parents cared for her, helped give her the tools to escape.
Violence & Scariness
Mentions that children were separated from their families, that enslaved people were beaten, that Harriet was whipped for taking a bite of sugar, that people were sold, that they weren't treated as people.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that She Persisted: Harriet Tubman, by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Chelsea Clinton, is a beautifully written biography of Tubman that includes just the right amount of detail to help young readers understand her life and times. Part of the She Persisted series, this book doesn't shy away from the physical or emotional pain that enslaved people suffered, and shows their humanity. Harriet's deep connection to her family helps bring a biography that could seem like a generations-ago historical account into the urgent present. There are lots of moments for discussion and reflection, and some tips for honoring Tubman's determination and bravery at the end of the book.
Is It Any Good?
Authors Andrea Davis Pinkney and Chelsea Clinton use clear writing and a relatable family to help young readers make an emotional connection to this remarkable American. She Persisted: Harriet Tubman is perfectly age appropriate, sharing history in a way that makes it easy to understand what has happened in the past and bring those lessons into the present. The hard realities of Tubman's life are shown with authenticity, and the section offering ways to honor her legacy is a wonderful opportunity for reflection and action.
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