I’ve reviewed several Harriet Tubman biographies – seven to date – and I expected to include in this review something to the effect of “As a member of the Childhood of Famous Americans Series, this book focused mostly on Harriet’s younger years and were thus not as informative as other biographies.”
While it is true that Harriet Tubman is from the CoFA series, it was actually very informative, and didn’t in the least limit itself to Tubman’s childhood. On the whole, the book felt less story-like than other CoFAs, and more like one of Scholastic’s biographies.
One thing that surprised me was how persistent Kudlinski was in her presentation of the Christian element of Harriet’s life. I suppose part of this was because it’s unavoidable to mention Christianity and God when discussing Harriet since she claimed to receive visions from God during her blackouts, but I still appreciated how fully Kudlinski credited Christianity’s role in Harriet’s life.
The illustration style is very interesting – they are almost photographic in their nature. Also, the clothing and hairstyles in these pictures seemed to be a few decades off.
Conclusion. Good. More advanced students should read Caulkhoven’s Harriet Tubman, but beginning readers would do well with this book.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret