~I received I am Harriet Tubman for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~
I absolutely LOVE the Ordinary People Change the World children’s book series by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. Each book explores an important person in history and includes information about that person as a child and key people and events that helped form the person they would grow up to be. The most recent edition, Ordinary People Change the World: I am Harriet Tubman, for ages 5-8 is the fourteenth book in the New York Times bestselling series and it is about Harriet Tubman’s heroic and pivotal role in the fight against slavery
This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero’s childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume focuses on Harriet Tubman’s brave heroism as part of the movement to abolish slavery. As one of the key players in the Underground Railroad, she helped enslaved African Americans escape and find freedom.
Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My Son, Heroes for My Daughter, and a number of suspense novels like The House of Secrets. He is also the host of the History Channel television shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.
Christopher Eliopoulos began his illustration career at Marvel Comics, and has worked on thousands of comics, including Cosmic Commandos (Summer 2017), Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius, Pet Avengers, and Cow Boy, all of which he wrote and illustrated. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their identical twin sons.
This volume focuses on Harriet Tubman’s brave heroism as part of the movement to abolish slavery. This book points out how tough slavery life was…even for children…a real revelation for readers that might be as old as Harriet Tubman was when she started working in the fields at 6. It explains what the Underground Railroad was and how people used it to get North to find freedom. All of this information is written in an age-appropriate way that young children can understand. Both my 6 and 9 year old daughters like reading about how strong Harriet Tubman was and how she helped get slaves to freedom. It is hard for their minds to believe that one woman could make such a difference! An absolutely fabulous series for kids to read because you are never too young to learn about important figures that helped shape the America we have today.