This Book Made Me Happy!
"The book made me happy. I learned how to be brave like Harriet Tubman." by Samia
'I loved the book, especially when Harriet Tubman saved people from slavery!" by Darlene
"It was really interesting and exciting. Other kids should know about Harriet Tubman." by Serenity
--Reviews by 4th Grade students at Paca School, Baltimore, MD on Amazon
Tubman's Story Told to Empower Young Readers.
“Told from the point of view of a wise cat, Spenser's Story of Harriet Tubman, makes the tale of a genuine heroine accessible to the young reader. Here the horror of slavery is set out, but is balanced by showing the impact individuals can make. A short glossary reinforces the story. A great book for families to read together and discuss.
--Review by Toby S. on Amazon
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--Review by Angela S. on Amazon
Spenser's Story of Harriet Tubman
Spenser’s Story of Harriet Tubman is the story of an American hero, an African American woman who was born into slavery, escaped from it and then returned many times at great risk to her own life to help others.
This is the story of one woman who would not give in to beatings and whippings that could have killed her, but which instead made her tougher and gave her the strength to overcome adversity and live life on her own terms, not those she was born into. Illustrated by highly-acclaimed artist Ray Driver, it is written for Middle Grade readers ages 8 to 12.
An excerpt from the first chapter of Spenser's Story of Harriet Tubman.
of Her People
I had been waiting for Harriet for several hours in the rain. The water ran down my whiskers like snow melting down a mountain side.
Harriet was late—quite a bit late—and I was getting worried. It was past midnight and I had expected Harriet and her passengers to meet me much earlier.
Harriet Tubman almost always traveled by night and used the bright North Star as her guide. But this night rain clouds darkened the sky and the North Star could not easily be seen.
Nonetheless, she knew where I was waiting, we had done it several times before.
Just as I was beginning to despair of her arrival I heard the loud screech of an owl. Finally she had come. I immediately returned my best owl call in answer to signal it was safe to continue. I hoped while I waited that Harriet would know it was me—cats are not always good at making bird calls.
Then she was standing next to me along with two women, one with a baby, two young children and a tall man black as the night. They were even wetter than I was, and looked like they had been swimming in their clothes.
“Spenser,” said Harriet as we hugged, “we have had a difficult journey. But we can discuss that more when we are warm next to a big fire.”
“Maggie has already made the fire and is waiting for us,” I said. “And she has made a late meal as well. But now let’s get out of this rain.”
...read the rest of Spenser's Story of Harriet Tubman, available now at Amazon.com.
The author meeting with the students of Paca School in Baltimore. The class was made up of the 4th Grade Book Club.
Meet some of the Many Characters in Spenser's Story of Harriet Tubman. Please Scroll to the right below.
Learn More About Spenser!
Spenser, a literate cat who was an agent on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War, tells the story of one of the most remarkable people in American history--Harriet Tubman, a conductor on this Gateway to Freedom for slaves. Spenser writes these narratives so that children in 5th Grade can read and understand his story. But, make no mistake, he takes off the gloves and tells the brutal story of Slavery in a real-to-life way. Written for Middle Grade children, it is worthwhile reading for anyone from age 8 to 100, or older.
Everyone in America should recognize Harriet Tubman for the brilliant, courageous and life-altering life she led. She was an African American woman born into slavery, who escaped from it and returned many times at great risk to her own life to help others escape their chains.
This is the story of one woman who would not give in to beatings and whippings that could have killed her, but instead made her tougher and gave her the strength to overcome adversity and live life on her own terms, not those she was born into.