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Book Title: Moses|
The author of the book: Carole Boston Weatherford
ISBN 13: 9780641845697
Edition: Hyperion Books for Children
Date of issue: September 28th 2006
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.72 MB
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Reader ratings: 4.9
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So, I loved the foreword at the beginning and the author’s note at the end. I liked the illustrations. The historical fiction story didn’t do it for me. Part of it was in the incessant religion, with which I couldn’t relate. (I could say something about her head injury here but I’m not going to go there.) But the religion wasn’t really my problem with the story. This woman was extremely religious and so telling her story in this manner makes sense. It was that the words didn’t flow in a pleasant way, I wanted more about her leading slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, which is how I learned about her growing up, and there was just something lacking for me; I’m not sure what. The ancillary material does give me all the “missing” information. I did learn quite a bit. I didn’t know she’d never lost someone she was helping escape from slavery, I didn’t know (or remember) how she saved her own family members, or how she got her name, or much about her life when she was a slave. I’m having a very hard time rating this. I didn’t personally enjoy it all that much; I’d rather have read another book about this woman. But, I think it’s a worthy book: fine illustrations, good information about slavery and the Underground Railroad and its helpers, and Tubman herself. I do think most readers will appreciate this book more than I did. Most people will not be turned off by the religion and many will like it better because of the religion. She was a remarkable woman and I’m glad that a book about her was chosen for this month’s (theme of Black History Month) Picture Books Club at the Children's Books group.
So, foreword and author’s note: 5 stars, illustrations: 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 stars, story: 2 to 2-1/2 stars.
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Read information about the authorCarole Boston Weatherford is a children's book author and poet who "mines the past for family stories, fading traditions, and forgotten struggles." A number of Weatherford's books tell the stories of African-American historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, Jesse Owens, and Billie Holiday. Other books recount historical events such as the Greensboro Sit-ins and the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Weatherford's books have received a wide variety of awards, including a Caldecott Honor for Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom.
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