Ever since I was a little girl and read about Harriet Tubman, she has been my hero. Stories about her have always fascinated and inspired me.
Dorothy Sterling tells Harriet's story in a wonderful narrative that reads like a story instead of a textbook. She puts the reader into the story in, Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman. Published in 1954, this story stands the test of time and remains in print.
This book covers Harriet's story from age seven until her death. Harriet Tubman had a remarkable life. She suffered many things: slavery and all of its torments, seizures, sleeping sickness, she was a soldier in the Civil War, she was the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad. She said that she never lost a passenger. If someone decided to turn back, she held them at gunpoint and pushed them forward as there was no going back because it would endanger the entire railroad.
She was a tiny woman with the strength of a man and the tenacity of an army. She gave freely of herself and rightfully earned the nickname of Moses. I can't even think about all the good she did in her life without feeling weepy, grateful for her, and wanting to do better in my own life.
If your child needs a positive role model, Harriet Tubman makes a good one. She fought hard for her own freedom and then went back many times to help others obtain their freedom. She worked against odds that would have been impossible for any other person to get through, and with her tenacity and intelligence she found a way to outsmart those who would have captured or killed her. She fed the hungry, nursed the sick, and inspired all around her.
If more people were like Harriet Tubman, our world would be better, stronger, and more peaceful.
Read to a child today even if that child is you.
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