The story of Harriet Tubman s childhood as a young slave is told in this book which is written especially for younger readers Tubman, a young slave nicknamed Minty, was a feisty, stubborn girl with a dream of escape, and whose rebellious spirit often got her into trouble Full color illustrations


10 thoughts on “Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman

  1. Beyond the Pages Beyond the Pages says:

    This book afforded me an opportunity to discuss such an inspiring heroine with young minds I appreciated the story.


  2. Lisa Vegan Lisa Vegan says:

    Although the only mention of her escape from slavery and her work as a conductor on the Underground Railroad is in the author s note in the back of the book, this is a lovely picture book biography of Harriet Tubman, covering the time when she was a child in slavery, always planning her eventual escape.It s an engrossing story, and wonderful for kids, although it certainly doesn t shy away from the brutality Tubman experienced as a child slave I do love how she was helped by her family and othe Although the only mention of her escape from slavery and her work as a conductor on the Underground Railroad is in the author s note in the back of the book, this is a lovely picture book biography of Harriet Tubman, covering the time when she was a child in slavery, always planning her eventual escape.It s an engrossing story, and wonderful for kids, although it certainly doesn t shy away from the brutality Tubman experienced as a child slave I do love how she was helped by her family and other slaves, even then, and given skills and knowledge that aided her in adulthood, and presumably gave her some solace and hope as a child.The illustrations are superb, in a wonderful style and use of color They re all beautiful as paintings on their own, and they perfectly complement the story.I recently read another picture book about Tubman that did not speak to me this one did, although I d have liked it even better if the story had continued and followed her throughout her life But, the story is inspiring and the pictures are fabulous


  3. Judy Judy says:

    This is the first book I ve read by Schroeder, but I hope it won t be my last His text, along with Pinkney s art, makes young Harriet Tubman come alive Both Schroeder and Pinkney are careful to emphasize that this is a work of fiction, but the basic facts are true And that s what counts for me If the gaps in the story weren t filled in, the story wouldn t be of much interest to young readers.I suspect that, for most kids, this will be an introduction to the idea of slavery Here, they will l This is the first book I ve read by Schroeder, but I hope it won t be my last His text, along with Pinkney s art, makes young Harriet Tubman come alive Both Schroeder and Pinkney are careful to emphasize that this is a work of fiction, but the basic facts are true And that s what counts for me If the gaps in the story weren t filled in, the story wouldn t be of much interest to young readers.I suspect that, for most kids, this will be an introduction to the idea of slavery Here, they will learn a little about a time, place and culture without being overwhelmed I ll bet that most readers will pause to consider what they would have done if they were in the same situation as young Minty


  4. Tippy Jackson Tippy Jackson says:

    A lot of research went into this book to get the style and elements of the story right for the time But it s not an easy read Not that it should be our history is our history, but reading about an 8 year old getting whipped is hard And infuriating We also get to read about how Harriet Tubman learned the skills to survive and find her way north Overall, a great book I read this book as part of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards 50th anniversary challenge promoted through the LA Public Libra A lot of research went into this book to get the style and elements of the story right for the time But it s not an easy read Not that it should be our history is our history, but reading about an 8 year old getting whipped is hard And infuriating We also get to read about how Harriet Tubman learned the skills to survive and find her way north Overall, a great book I read this book as part of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards 50th anniversary challenge promoted through the LA Public Libraries


  5. Lauren Canoni Lauren Canoni says:

    Minty A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, written by Alan Schroeder and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, depicts the imagined childhood of Harriet Tubman, famously known for her escape from slavery and bravery in helping other enslaved Blacks find freedom through the Underground Railroad This text is unique because instead of focusing on Tubman s work as a freedom fighter as most books do, it chooses to focus on Tubman s childhood and how it shaped her transition into the famous abolitionist.Publish Minty A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, written by Alan Schroeder and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, depicts the imagined childhood of Harriet Tubman, famously known for her escape from slavery and bravery in helping other enslaved Blacks find freedom through the Underground Railroad This text is unique because instead of focusing on Tubman s work as a freedom fighter as most books do, it chooses to focus on Tubman s childhood and how it shaped her transition into the famous abolitionist.Published in 1996 by Dial Books for Young Readers, a company known for producing quality picture books for young readers, successfully released a powerful introductory representation of heroinism in Black history The author and illustrator, Schroeder and Pinkney are known for writing and illustrating books that celebrate influential African Americans figures In fact, one of Pinkney s missions in illustrating children s books is to teach young readers about African American culture and hardships as well as showing himself as a strong role model for his family and for other African Americans Pinkney, 2008.With age appropriate text and beautiful illustrations, this story is a perfect way to start teaching very young readers about Black history Minty lives with her family on a plantation in the Maryland s Eastern Shore in the 1820 s Minty always dreamed of being free, but is forced to work in the fields for her cruel and violent masters With the help of her family, Minty learns the necessary skills to escape towards the North However, when Minty gets a chance to run away, she is too terrified to be caught and hides instead Minty prays that one day she will have the courage to escape Through Minty A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, given the complexity of the topic slavery, Schroeder and Pinkney successfully represent the individualized hardships enslaves Blacks endured under the institution in a manner that young readers can understand The reader can then relate to certain events of Minty s life but also be astounded by discrepancies between the reader s life and the story s protagonist Using subtle examples of the number of toys Minty has or the idea that Minty is forced to spend her days working hard in a field aids in presenting an introductory idea of slavery to young children.The text is simple and easy for young readers to understand and with the intricate illustrations, the audience of the book can further understand the pain and suffering of slaves Pinkney s creative decision to lighten or darken the colors of the images in correlation with dreams of freedom versus scenes of despair aid in helping the reader feelintensely the pain Minty feels For example, when Minty is whipped, the colors in the illustration are very dark and aid in presenting the intense amount of emotions in this piece, compared to when Minty imagines herself free, the colors are light and the feeling of happiness is depicted This technique is clever since it helps the reader becomeengrossed in the story Further, the cruelty of slavery is not downplayed in this text, Minty is whipped in the story and the reader is shown an image of her painful recovery Finally, the book also ended with no resolve Minty is still enslaved in the end This ending represents the true reality of slavery that most slaves dreamed of freedom but were never able to have it This fictional account of Tubman s childhood is based on factual accounts of Harriet s adult life The author used what he knew of Harriet Tubman to reconstruct what her childhood could be like by successfully piecing together seemly true parts of her childhood to her adult life By choosing a prominently known individual, Schroeder and Pinkney are able to present to the readers that Harriet wasn t just a famous conductor of the Underground Railroad she was enslaved for 20 years before her story becomes famously known Harriet Tubman becomes evenremarkable to the readers if and when they realize that Harriet had been enslaved in her youth and after escaping put herself into the position of getting recaptured while helping other slaves escape Overall, this text is a great introductory text for a very young reader and although this book is historically accurate,information about slavery needs to supplement the read in order for children to truly start to understand the complexity of slavery Schroeder ends the text with an author s note that describesof Harriet s story and success which aids in supplementing the book with an actual historical description of the story s main character To conclude, Minty A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, successfully introduces the complexities of slavery as well as preserving important historical facts in the reader s mind Young children must learn about slavery in order to understand its ongoing effects in our country today and this text is a great way to start


  6. Katie Katie says:

    This book was extremely moving and engaging, as the reader was hopeful that the main character, Minty, would be able to escape her life as a slave Minty A Story of Young Harriet Tubman was awarded the Coretta Scott King Award in 1992 As a picture book, I think the content of this story can be fearful and intense for young children even though it paints a realistic experience of a slave I would not read it to students lower than third graders With the whipping scene and burning of her doll, This book was extremely moving and engaging, as the reader was hopeful that the main character, Minty, would be able to escape her life as a slave Minty A Story of Young Harriet Tubman was awarded the Coretta Scott King Award in 1992 As a picture book, I think the content of this story can be fearful and intense for young children even though it paints a realistic experience of a slave I would not read it to students lower than third graders With the whipping scene and burning of her doll, some younger students might not be able to emotionally handle these events in the story I strongly question why the author, Alan Schroeder, would allow Puffin Group Publishers to write this book is for Ages 5 9 on the back cover After studying artistic media in my college class, I believe that the illustrator, Jerry Pinkney, used watercolors to emphasize the setting and characters of the time period representing slavery The style of Expressionism symbolized emotion through the expression of his color choices of greens and browns The layout design of double page spreads focus on the intense settings of slavery the fields of the workers, the woods for escaping and the cabin of the slaves The thin white border around the text contrasts with the watercolors to help the reader focus on the limited print on the page, yet it tells important information, supporting the beautiful illustrations The full color artwork was prepared with pencil, colored pencils and watercolor, noted in the front of the book The cover demonstrated realistic features of the appearance of a slave in the South.Misty could be used with children to teach about slavery, Harriet Tubman, and or The Underground Railroad as a Social Studies lesson.It is important that we educate students on the history of our country, even though the injustice of slavery was so wrong, it lead us to freedom for the slaves


  7. Ashley Moore Ashley Moore says:

    Minty A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, was written by Alan Schroeder and Jerry Pinkney and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney It was a 1997 recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award It has been mentioned on several occasions how far children s literature has come in the past few decades, so I decided to choose an award winning book from the year I was born in order to explore any noticeable differences and see what has changed over time All of Pinkney s illustrations are full of great detail and Minty A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, was written by Alan Schroeder and Jerry Pinkney and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney It was a 1997 recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award It has been mentioned on several occasions how far children s literature has come in the past few decades, so I decided to choose an award winning book from the year I was born in order to explore any noticeable differences and see what has changed over time All of Pinkney s illustrations are full of great detail and were made using watercolor paint The covers of the book feature double illustrations of Minty On the front cover, Minty is a young girl in the Big Buckwater River during what appears to be springtime, and on the back cover she is an adult in the same spot and wearing the same colors in the wintertime This cover design choice highlights the growth of Harriet Tubman throughout her life The entire book is filled with colorful double page spreads I was surprised to find that there was so much detail in the illustrations, especially within the characters facial features Each two sets of pages are similarly structured, with one text box per two pages surrounded by a thin, white border At times, the pages are text heavy, which may pose as a challenge for a younger audience I was personally surprised that this book included information about Minty being whipped for punishment, because I cannot recall ever reading a children s book that included this aspect of slavery As a child, I believe that I was only given information about the adult life of Harriet Tubman and not her childhood, so I think that this is also interesting information for younger children to know about Minty A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, is a classic, beautifully illustrated book, and it would serve great purpose in curriculum concerning Black History Month, and general U.S history


  8. Teeny Probst Teeny Probst says:

    Summary Harriet Tubman, whose childhood name was Minty, dreamed of escaping slavery on the Brodas plantation to freedom in the late 1820 s Its text shows any reader just how brave of a women Harriet was even as a children From disobeying her masters to attempting to leave her loved ones behind without saying goodbye, Minty was willing to do anything in her power to follow the north star to freedom.Author Alan SchroerderIllustrated by Jerry PinkneyAudience K 3rdGenre Picture bookTheme Afr Summary Harriet Tubman, whose childhood name was Minty, dreamed of escaping slavery on the Brodas plantation to freedom in the late 1820 s Its text shows any reader just how brave of a women Harriet was even as a children From disobeying her masters to attempting to leave her loved ones behind without saying goodbye, Minty was willing to do anything in her power to follow the north star to freedom.Author Alan SchroerderIllustrated by Jerry PinkneyAudience K 3rdGenre Picture bookTheme African American history, Civil War, determination and perseverance Slavery, women s historyIllustrations Jerry Pinkney s illustrations were so well done throughout this particular book that he won the 1997 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration His one of a kind artwork brings to life the setting and characters of the story Further, his pictures include much detail and color that portrays the mood of the time period Usage This particular book can be used in a variety of setting in the classroom including independent reading, guided reading, and reading out loud One could easily use this book when teaching the brutality of slavery, important women in history, or the Civil War Activities to go along with this book are endless including decoding slavery songs that help lead thousands of individuals to freedom, learning about maps, and etc Awards Winner of the 1997 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, an ALA Notable Book, an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists , a Time Magazine Best Children s Book of the Year, Winner of the Christopher Award, and an IRA CBC Children s Choice


  9. Nicole Nicole says:

    Minty a Story of Young Harriet Tubman is a powerful account of the eight year old Tubman as she endures the miseries of being a slave during the 1820 s while living on a plantation Minty is a feisty, brave, and somewhat foolish girl who does not follow the advice of her mother not t aggravate em She yearns to run away and her father acknowledges this will to be free He teaches Minty how to survive in the woods without being seen or heard He teaches her how to swim, catch fish, and skin Minty a Story of Young Harriet Tubman is a powerful account of the eight year old Tubman as she endures the miseries of being a slave during the 1820 s while living on a plantation Minty is a feisty, brave, and somewhat foolish girl who does not follow the advice of her mother not t aggravate em She yearns to run away and her father acknowledges this will to be free He teaches Minty how to survive in the woods without being seen or heard He teaches her how to swim, catch fish, and skin a squirrel Pinkney s watercolor and pencil drawings are understated and poignant The images of this young girl being comforted by her parents after a severe whipping from the overseer are powerful and heartbreaking The images of Minty and her father, as he shows her the drinking gourd and teaches her which way is North, are comforting and foreshadow what is to come Minty, with her fathers love and gentle guidance will someday be ready for the heroic role she will play in the lives of many slaves I enjoyed the final pages in particular, as the author, Schroeder, ends the book with Minty not quite ready to escape the cruelty of slavery This allows readers the opportunity to wonder how and when Minty will escape, it allows for interpretation, and because the story is a fictionalized version of Tubman s journey to freedom the story does not overstep its boundaries The factual Author s Note at the end of the book fills in the gaps for readers This book would pair well with Henry s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson


  10. Rodricucuz Vaughn Rodricucuz Vaughn says:

    1 Contemporary or Historical Picture Books2 Minty A Story of Young Harriet is a story about Harriet Tubman when she a little girl 3 critique a list the area for comment e.g., accuracy The story of Harriet Tubman is a story of courage and faith We all have herd the story of Harriet when she was a grown women freeing hundreds of slaves via the underground railroad This book tells the story of the story that made one of the most revered woman in American history b The book is fi 1 Contemporary or Historical Picture Books2 Minty A Story of Young Harriet is a story about Harriet Tubman when she a little girl 3 critique a list the area for comment e.g., accuracy The story of Harriet Tubman is a story of courage and faith We all have herd the story of Harriet when she was a grown women freeing hundreds of slaves via the underground railroad This book tells the story of the story that made one of the most revered woman in American history b The book is filled with beautifully crafted illustrations and depict Harriet when she was a little slave girl growing up and working on a plantation I love the use of water colors in the illustrations They make the illustrations seem to come alive and become somewhat dramatic c An example of this is the cover of the book Harriet is depicted at a river in the woods behind her Her brown skin pops catches the eye of reader as the background woods bends in with her clothing 4 I would recommend this book for grade 2 6 This is a great story , it is a story of hope and courage It also demonstrates if you believe in something or yourself hard enough the sky is the limit The story of Harriet has inspired many generations