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).
Heller, Ruth. Animals Born Alive and Well. Grosset & Dunlap, New York: 1982.
Age range: 2-6
The colorful illustrations found in Animals Born Alive and Well spill across the two-page spreads in beautiful detail. Both charming and realistic, the animals pictured range from the easily recognizable (cat, giraffe) to the exotic (pangolin, okapi) and are labeled for easy identification. Readers will also learn that mammals aren’t limited to walking on the ground. They may fly (bat) swim (dolphin) or burrow (mole). The rhymed text makes the words roll off the tongue, and the illustrations often help to show the meaning of more difficult words. For example, one page reads, “So are CAMELS, and like all others, they are nourished by their mothers.” (p.13) Directly below the text is a picture of a baby camel nursing – being nourished by its mother. Heller even teaches the reader an especially big, scientific word at the end of the book: viviparous. She helpfully breaks it down into syllables, making it easier for the young reader (and the reading or assisting parent!) to sound out.
Animals Born Alive and Well fills the needs both of an entertaining book and an educational book. Children will learn facts about mammals and names of different types of mammals, but they will also enjoy listening to the rhyming and pointing out different animals from the illustrations. The vast number of animals pictured alone will provide incentive for many repeated readings.
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
It Started as an Egg by Kimberlee Graves
Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones by Ruth Heller
About Mammals: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill