Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Harriet Tubman: Riding the Freedom Train

Harriet Tubman: Riding the Freedom Train

Corinne J. Naden, Rose J. Blue
For ages 8 to 10
Lerner, 2002   ISBN: 978-0761325710

It is hard to think about the liberation of the slaves and the Underground Railroad and not think about Harriet Tubman. This indomitable, brave and remarkable woman is certainly the most famous of the "conductors" of this strange railway. Harriet risked her life many times over to get slaves away from their masters and to places where they could live as free people. During the civil war, a turbulent and frightening period in American history, Harriet acted as a guide, nurse and spy.

The author show us very well how much sheer determination this little woman had. Harriet was not a strong person, being prone to seizures and illness in general, and yet she never stopped trying to help black people in any way that she could.

Throughout the book the reader will find color and black and white photographs, illustrations and maps. In the back of the book there is a timeline of Harriet Tubman's life, a bibliography, a "Further Information" section, and an index.