Courage to Run: A Story Based on the Life of Harriet Tubman Library Binding – Apr 2002
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From the Author
Harriet Tubman is born into slavery on a plantation in Tidewater Maryland. More than anything, she yearns for freedom. Acknowledged as one of Americas greatest heroes, it is Harriets vibrant faith in God that prepares her to become a legendary conductor of the Underground Railroad.
Though the life work of Harriet Tubman is well known, Courage to Run is the story of her childhood from ages 6 to 13, when she already hates slavery and yearns for freedom. Harriet worries about whether she'll find the courage to run if the time comes to run, or the strength to hold firm if she needs to stay the course. And how will she know the difference? --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
Young readers will identify with Harriet Tubmans courage and faith as she uses the strength she gains through adversity to lead others to a new life of freedom. Highly recommended reading.
Author, Golden Filly and High Hurdles series
Harriet Tubman overcame terrible fears by forging ahead with her belief in God and not allowing anything or anyone to keep her from her mission of faith, hope and love. What an inspiration for the youngand the oldof our time! Her life is a beautiful example of one who followed her strong moral sense of right and wrong.
Kathy Lennon Daris
Author and founding member of The Lennon Sisters
An authentic re-creation of life as a slave child and the comfort and courage only God could supply.
Author, Abby & The South Seas Adventures series --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Tubman (Minty, as she was called as a child) helps with the children on the plantation when she is only a child herself, but when the master's plantation hits harder times, she and others find themselves being "hired out" to help the master make ends meet. Minty is torn from her family and is taken to places where she has no protection from cruelty and no one to turn to other than to God. During this time, she realizes the dream of freedom, and she often remembers the story of Moses's call to lead the people out of Egypt.
Lawton's book brings along new insights about a woman with whom most of us are familiar. Tubman's courage is all the more admirable as we read about her childhood because, even in the face of unfair accusations, she does not become bitter; instead, she allows the unfairness she faces to make her stronger in order that she can be used more effectively by God.
The details are vivid; the story is riveting.
Courage to Run is complete with a glossary that details the language of the area and the times and an epilogue that has a short bibliography for those who are interested in finding out more about Harriet Tubman.
Wendy Lawton was courageous to write a book using so much dialect, because that is more difficult than most people realize. She did a skillful job of bringing her characters to life with not only dialect, but with word choices and flow. All slave owners weren't on the same economic or social level, and Wendy did a wonderful job of allowing me to know who was talking and more about their character. She did a great job of giving every person in the book their own voice and she painted vivid pictures.
With the richness of description, she masterfully made me feel "Minty's" pain and confusion and faith. We often think of our inspirational heros, and Harriet Tubman is certainly that, as being made from stronger stuff than we. In Courage To Run we see a young girl who doubts her courage but never her God. Harriet Tubman was courageous and her story is inspiring. Adults can learn as much, or maybe even more, than young people from this wonderful book.
Children and adults find this book a treasure. It's an excellent resource for home-school families: incorporating history, literature and vocabulary in a fun and painless format. The glossary at the back provides definitions for unfamiliar words, and adds fun to the chore of spelling lessons! Children enjoy this book--even if it's assigned reading.
It's a great addition to home and church libaries as well. It's difficult to find historical fiction for children that's entertaining as well as educational. This book fills the bill perfectly.
Even though I'm well beyond the target age group, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I gave my niece a copy for her birthday--it makes an excellent gift!
Most recent customer reviews
I bought this one together with my Dear Canada book about the Titanic. Very believable character as she believes in God and I know most historical people did believe in Him. Read morePublished on June 10 2012 by Elisabeth33
I don't remember seeing or reading a book on Harriet Tubman as a child. Wendy Lawton's account of Harriet Tubman's childhood life was very realistic to me. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2003 by Antoinette Winder
This is a very engrossing book and one I could not put down until I finished it.
I normally do not like to read any book written in dialect. Read more
Lawton does an outstanding job of putting the reader right in the "Quarter" house for slaves on a plantation in Maryland with the young Harriet Tubman, her family and close... Read morePublished on March 31 2003 by Lee Warren
As a parent and elementary teacher, Courage to Run is just the kind of book I hope to find to bring history alive. Mrs. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2002 by Crystal E. Miller
No wonder Courage to Run is receiving rave reviews from everyone.
Wendy Lawton is a master storyteller, bar none. Read more
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