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Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! Born enslaved, Harriet Tubman rose up to become one of the most successful, determined and well-known conductors of the Underground Railroad. With her family's love planted firmly Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! Born enslaved, Harriet Tubman rose up to become one of the most successful, determined and well-known conductors of the Underground Railroad. With her family's love planted firmly in her heart, Harriet looked to the North Star for guidance--and its light helped guide her way out of slavery. Her courage made it possible for her to help others reach freedom too. In this chapter book biography by bestselling and award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney, readers learn about the amazing life of Harriet Tubman--and how she persisted. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton! Praise for She Persisted: Harriet Tubman * This chapter-book biography humanizes [Tubman] and brings her to life . . . Pinkney and Flint have created a standout series opener. --Kirkus Reviews, *STARRED REVIEW* The story-like text moves along at a brisk pace, relating anecdotes that will appeal to young readers . . . and the simple line drawings that appear every few pages add nuance. -- Booklist This engaging biography is a quick but informative read and well-matched for the intended audience. -- School Library Journal


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Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! Born enslaved, Harriet Tubman rose up to become one of the most successful, determined and well-known conductors of the Underground Railroad. With her family's love planted firmly Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! Born enslaved, Harriet Tubman rose up to become one of the most successful, determined and well-known conductors of the Underground Railroad. With her family's love planted firmly in her heart, Harriet looked to the North Star for guidance--and its light helped guide her way out of slavery. Her courage made it possible for her to help others reach freedom too. In this chapter book biography by bestselling and award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney, readers learn about the amazing life of Harriet Tubman--and how she persisted. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton! Praise for She Persisted: Harriet Tubman * This chapter-book biography humanizes [Tubman] and brings her to life . . . Pinkney and Flint have created a standout series opener. --Kirkus Reviews, *STARRED REVIEW* The story-like text moves along at a brisk pace, relating anecdotes that will appeal to young readers . . . and the simple line drawings that appear every few pages add nuance. -- Booklist This engaging biography is a quick but informative read and well-matched for the intended audience. -- School Library Journal

30 review for She Persisted: Harriet Tubman

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sunday

    "When Harriet Green gave birth to her daughter, she held that baby close, whispered a sweet hello, and loved the child with all her heart. The newborn's father, Benjamin Ross, most likely cradled his tiny daughter. He was as proud as any daddy could be. The baby was born on a night so dark, you couldn't see past its black. But the light in that child's eyes was brighter than bright. She had a twinkle about her that shone like the sky's prettiest stars." page 1 I can't tell you how many series biog "When Harriet Green gave birth to her daughter, she held that baby close, whispered a sweet hello, and loved the child with all her heart. The newborn's father, Benjamin Ross, most likely cradled his tiny daughter. He was as proud as any daddy could be. The baby was born on a night so dark, you couldn't see past its black. But the light in that child's eyes was brighter than bright. She had a twinkle about her that shone like the sky's prettiest stars." page 1 I can't tell you how many series biographies I've refused to read because the first line of the book is "In 18XX such and such was born to such and such in the country of such and such." So boring for our young readers. That's why I was PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY THE APPEAL OF THIS BOOK. Andrea Davis Pinkney, as always, knows her audience! I'd book talk this. Maybe read aloud the first page and then leave in the classroom library to be snatched up! Looking forward to reading more from this series. Next up is Claudette Colvin by Lesa Cline-Ransome. Looks like Chelsea Clinton has recruited some very talented authors to support this endeavor.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katelynne

    This is a solid young reader biography about Harriet Tubman. I learned many things I did not know about her. For instance, her childhood nickname was Minty and she did not start using the name Harriet until her first marriage. There's plenty of good information in this book, and the images are cute. This is a solid young reader biography about Harriet Tubman. I learned many things I did not know about her. For instance, her childhood nickname was Minty and she did not start using the name Harriet until her first marriage. There's plenty of good information in this book, and the images are cute.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Codymarie Greene

    Audiobook version: narrated by Bindi Turpin Fantastic deeper dive into Harriet’s life and achievements in a way that is approachable for children and adults. Love the activities given at the end of the book to go on a deeper dive. Must have for classrooms and libraries.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    A lovely short look into one of our nation's heroes, Harriet Tubman. Perfect for younger readers needing a first look into, not only Harriet's "Moses" days, but also her time working for the Union as a nurse and spy. A lovely short look into one of our nation's heroes, Harriet Tubman. Perfect for younger readers needing a first look into, not only Harriet's "Moses" days, but also her time working for the Union as a nurse and spy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mutually Inclusive

    I have to admit, I am late to the party with the She Persisted series. For those of you who missed the memo like me, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World is a picture book that was published back in 2017, written by Chelsea Clinton and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger. With a title inspired by a feminist rally cry (accidently coined by Mitch McConnell of all people), this picture book shared inspiring stories of 13 women who continued to persist and follow their dreams to accomp I have to admit, I am late to the party with the She Persisted series. For those of you who missed the memo like me, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World is a picture book that was published back in 2017, written by Chelsea Clinton and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger. With a title inspired by a feminist rally cry (accidently coined by Mitch McConnell of all people), this picture book shared inspiring stories of 13 women who continued to persist and follow their dreams to accomplish extraordinary achievements. This book was followed up by two more picture books, She Persisted Around the World (published in 2018) and She Persisted in Sports (published in 2020). I was so excited to find this series this year, because it’s a fantastic introduction to lots of different female role models and the concept of feminism as a whole. But I was even more excited to learn that Philomel Books is continuing the series in chapter books! There will be 13 books in the series released this year, one dedicated to each woman mentioned in the original picture book She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to review the first release in the chapter book series, She Persisted: Harriet Tubman, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney. I know many of us are familiar with Harriet Tubman, but this book is perfect for young readers to learn more about her story. Starting at her birth on the Edward Brodess plantation in Dorchester, Maryland, She Persisted: Harriet Tubman follows our heroine throughout the struggles of her childhood of being “rented” to cruel people. In six chapters, we learn about how Harriet Tubman grew up and escaped slavery, and how she risked her freedom to ensure others had theirs. This book does not shy away from the ugly truths of slavery (including the traumatic brain injury Harriet Tubman suffered, causing a lifetime of seizures and hypersomnia), but cruelty and violence is introduced in an age-appropriate manner. I really appreciate the attention to Harriet’s disability, because I feel like this fact is often left out of her story. There is an additional chapter at the end of the book with a list of activities for young readers to honor Harriet Tubman’s bravery, which I thought was a great idea to inspire children to take their reading a step further. I absolutely loved this book and would highly recommend it for any young reader in your life. I have four nieces who are reading chapter books, and I am so excited to share this one with them! Thank you so much to Philomel for providing me with the review copy and the opportunity. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series! Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads | Storygraph

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kaye

    I feel like I learn a new tidbit everytime I read or watch something about Harriet Tubman. I've been a "fan" (for lack of a better word) of Moses and her work since I did a book report on her in the 3rd grade. So, yes, I will read literally anything written about Harriet Tubman. And I think you all should too. I feel like I learn a new tidbit everytime I read or watch something about Harriet Tubman. I've been a "fan" (for lack of a better word) of Moses and her work since I did a book report on her in the 3rd grade. So, yes, I will read literally anything written about Harriet Tubman. And I think you all should too.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Adams

    Love the writing and the way this book is structured and paired with images. Endnotes include ways that you can "persist" in ways that honor Harriet, as well as sources to read more info. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for this eARC in exchange for my honest review. Love the writing and the way this book is structured and paired with images. Endnotes include ways that you can "persist" in ways that honor Harriet, as well as sources to read more info. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    Love this series for upper elementary readers. Perfect for my third grader. She found it exciting and engaging.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Egly

    Great book to read with kids! A simple chapter book that gives a brief overview of Harriet Tubman's life. My kids and I enjoyed it. Great book to read with kids! A simple chapter book that gives a brief overview of Harriet Tubman's life. My kids and I enjoyed it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Great Elementary Age Biography of Harriet Tubman A very well written biography of Harriet Tubman by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Gillian Flint. Part of Chelsea Clinton She Persisted series. Good story and great illustrations.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Grace

  12. 5 out of 5

    Debra Ham

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annalisa

  15. 5 out of 5

    Krista Holley

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mariko Tsubaki

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angelica Jayaraman

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kat Phelan

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Ridgway

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie Anselmo

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Johnson

  23. 5 out of 5

    Holly

  24. 5 out of 5

    Becky

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tessa Baer

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katy Punch

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Conner

  28. 4 out of 5

    DEVONIA BOURGEOIS

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrena G.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Prinzing

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