Book Review: Harriet Tubman by Megan Callea

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review post. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the product company and/or its affiliates in any way.

Harriet Tubman is an iconic figure in American history. In a time when women were to be seen and not heard, she stood up for something she firmly believed in. That belief was simply that a person deserved to be more than a slave. At the time, some people believed they had the right to own another person and therefore, made that person their personal property. That meant that a person deemed a slave had to work and live in close proximity to their owner without having a say in how their life story unfolded. 

To Harriet, a person was an individual with a heart and soul. That individual was someone who could love another person and be loved in return. For that reason, she developed the underground railroad that would help imprisoned slaves find their way to freedom. It was a risky journey that took her over a decade to complete, yet she fought to free these individuals all while putting her own freedom in jeopardy with each trip she made. 

Her tireless journey to help others find a better life is a story that children need to hear. 

The Book

Young children typically have a short attention span. They focus on something of interest for a few minutes until something else catches their attention and they are on the move. That leaves parents tasked with the challenge of finding teachable moments in the blink of an eye. One great way to accomplish this task is with a book. 

Megan Callea, author, does a great job at giving parents the necessary tools to teach their children about Harriet Tubman. She delivers the story in a rhyming format that is easy for young children to understand. Each sentence is short enough to hold a child’s attention without sacrificing the important meaning in the process. The board book format is ideal for young children as they can enjoy holding the book on their own. Parents, meanwhile, don’t have to worry about the book becoming damaged in the process. The illustrations by Jennifer Howard help bring the story to life and will certainly captivate the attention of young readers. 

My Final Thoughts

Children need positive role models that exude strength and confidence. Both characteristics are present in this book. Although this book is geared toward younger children, my 12 year old daughter learned new things about Harriet Tubman that she didn’t know before. For younger children, this book will expose them to Harriet Tubman and her invaluable story while keeping them entertained at the same time. For that reason, I highly recommend this book to anyone with a young reader who is eager to learn! 

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