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Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom


Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Hyperion Books for Children, 2006

A Caldecott Honor Book
Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award
Volunteer State Book Award Nominee

Fearing being sold south and separated from her family, Harriet talks to God about her woes. He responds to her, urging her to flee and find freedom, and further urges her to help lead other slaves to freedom. This book tells the story of Harriet Tubman’s journey to freedom and her spiritual journey to become “the Moses of her people.”

This book includes a forward with background information on slavery and an author’s note with biographical information about Harriet Tubman and a statement that this book is a work of fiction based on her story.

An interesting feature of this book is the use of different types and colors of text to discern between narrative (plain), Harriet’s dialogue (italics), and God’s dialogue (larger, and in different colors and shapes).


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