A PICTURE BOOK OF HARRIET BEECHER STOWE by David A. Adler

A PICTURE BOOK OF HARRIET BEECHER STOWE

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Age Range: 6 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Adler’s latest in his Picture Book Biography series (A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark, Mar. 2003, etc.) documents the events that affected Harriet throughout her life and brought her to fame as an author. Born in 1811, Harriet was always a voracious reader, and discovered her penchant for writing in early adolescence. But the experiences that led her to become “the little lady who made this big war,” did not come until her family moved from the free state of Connecticut to Ohio. With Kentucky right across the river, she viewed steamboats of slaves on their way to be sold in the Deep South, the posters advertising rewards for the return of runaways, and the slaves themselves, at work in the fields and mistreated by their owners. But it was not until 1851, at the age of 40, that Harriet began writing the weekly installments for an antislavery newspaper that would become her most famous work. Millions of readers learned of the horrors of slavery through Harriet’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. She inflamed Americans who had not previously held an opinion on slavery, and many argue that she helped elect Abraham Lincoln. Adler focuses mainly on the events leading up to Uncle Tom. It is the perfect beginning for young readers doing a first project, or for school children who are getting acquainted with this period in American history. Author’s notes, a list of important dates, and a list of resources help students find more information. Bootman’s (Don’t Say Ain’t, p. 316, etc.) watercolor paintings fit the mood and time period of her day. His color palette reflects the seriousness of the topic, while at the same time showing readers the details of life in the 1800s. (Nonfiction. 6-10)

Pub Date: March 15th, 2003
ISBN: 0-8234-1646-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2003




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