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A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman

by David A. Adler, Samuel Byrd (Illustrator), Gail Nelson

Publisher: Live Oak Media
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ISBN: 9781595193841

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Synopsis of A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman

Thus begins a lyrical journey through the days and weeks, the months, and the changing seasons in the life of one New Englander and his family. The oxcart man packs his goods - the wool from his sheep, the shawl his wife made, the mittens his daughter knitted, and the linen they wove. He packs the birch brooms his son carved, and even a bag of goose feathers from the barnyard geese.

He travels over hills, through valleys, by streams, past farms and villages. At Portsmouth Market he sells his goods, one by one - even his beloved ox. Then, with his pockets full of coins, he wanders through the market, buying provisions for his family, and returns to his home. And the cycle begins again.

Donald Hall has created a gentle story, evoking a quiet time in American life that is irrevocably past. Using a special method which resembles the early American technique of painting on wood, Barbara Cooney has captured the sense of peace of early nineteenth-century New England and the bustle of Portsmouth Market.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3-This solid entry (HolidayHouse, 1992) in David Adler's picture book biography series transfers smoothly to audio. With a well-paced, precisely spoken narration by Gail Nelson, this very truncated story of the life of Harriet Tubman-from slavery to leader of the Underground Railroad-relates the struggles and the dangers she endured. Subtle background noises add to the competent storytelling and a couple of brief songs are beautifully sung. In-text quotes by Harriet Tubman are read in a different voice with a southern accent, making it seem as though Tubman is speaking. An important dates appendix is also read aloud. One side of the recording has page-turn signals. A spare, yet important audio production.- Jennifer Iserman, Dakota County Library, Burnhaven Branch, Burnsville, MN Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

About the Author, David A. Adler

David A. Adler lives in Woodmere, New York. Joy Allen lives in Cameron Park, California.

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