Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman’s strength, humility, and devotion. With proper reverence, Weatherford and Nelson honor the woman who, long ago, earned the name Moses.

Story Reading Strategy

Discuss the book and the main character Harriet Tubman. What do we know about her? What do we know about slavery in the United States? Talk about the Underground Railroad and railroad terminology.

While reading the book, think about the experiences of the story’s main character, Harriet. What does bravery mean? Do you think Harriet was brave? Can you think of anyone in your life that is brave?

Essential Educational Elements

While reading this story and engaging in a fun learning activity, young readers will build reading skills, develop critical thinking skills, and make connections between characters in stories and real people.

■ Slavery: the practice of owning people as property.

■ Underground Railroad: secret routes and methods that slaves took to escape to freedom.

This book had lyrical and poetic text with beautiful illustrations. Have students’ construct their own poems with an illustration to go with it. The students could pick one scene in the story and write a poem in their own words using the book for inspiration. Compile the poems together to make a book published by the class.

Title: Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
Author: Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustration: Khadir Nelson

Copyright: 1st edition (September 1, 2006)
Publisher: ‎ Hyperion Book CH;