Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky

by Faith Ringgold

Hardcover, 1992

Status

Available

Collection

Publication

Knopf Books for Young Readers (1992), Edition: First Edition

Description

With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the Underground Railroad in order to reunite with her younger brother.

User reviews

LibraryThing member ltipton
This is a magical story of two children who find a train who will be leading them north to freedom. On this train ride Harriet Tubman the conductor gives them the history of slavery and how she led hundreds to safety through her underground railroad. The children experience what slaves of that time experienced and were seperated during their travels but communicated through letters and are eventually reunited and experienced the joys of freedom.

I really enjoyed this story and it brought me back to my elementary years and the study of the underground railroad. I was always impressed by Harriet Tubman and all she did for the freedom of slaves and would have enjoyed this book as an elementary student.

My first extention after reading this book to the class would be for them to locate on a map the locations that were mentioned in this book. Another extention would be for the children to write a letter to family member as if they had been seperated from them like the two young children in this story were.
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LibraryThing member LaRisaNelson
This is a story about two children who board an old train with with Harriet Tubman inside. She takes them back in time to the days of slavery and they experience together the underground railroad.

I really liked this book. I loved the touch of fantasy with the time travel and the flying. I really loved how it was almost a tour with Harriet as the tour guide.

I would use this book as a tool when learning about slavery. This would be great when learning about how some slaves excaped oppression for a better life in the north. I would also ask the children to draw out a map with their idea of the underground railroad.
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LibraryThing member Molly2Faith
This was a great book about kids going back in time with Harriet Tubman as she teaches them about slavery. This book had beautiful illustrations.
LibraryThing member TonieleHazel
This is a common day story about Harriet Tubman. A little boy and girl get to 'take the underground railroad' to Canada. Although this is just done when they celebrate the 100th anniversary of Aunt Harriet being free, it showed the two children what their great-great grandparents survived through.
LibraryThing member bea007
This is a awesome book to teach children about the freedom of slaves. Faith RInggold takes us through a journey throughthe life of harriet Tubman and how she led hundreds of slaves to freedom through the underground railroad. This book has great picture detail and beautiful colors.
LibraryThing member julie_savage
Cassie and BeBe found an old train. Aunt harriet was on the train and took them back to the time of slavery. It descriptivly tells about the time period and how slaves lived and how they survived. There is information on Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad at the end of the book/
LibraryThing member dcrider
A girls journey to learn about her hertiage. hardships abound but she reaches her destiny and learns about the past.
LibraryThing member nmv003
This is a children book about one childs road to freedom. It explains the series of the underground railroad in a friendly way so that children can understand the importance of this act but see it in a more related way.
LibraryThing member temorrison
This is story of two young children traveling through the underground railroad to Canada for freedom. Aunt Harriet leads the children along the way. During their travels the two are separated in the beginning but keep in touch through letters or notes left along the way. While traveling they also meet many interesting people. I loved this book! I think it gives children a real sense of what children of the underground railroad had to go through to reach freedom. This book is a must have for every classroom.… (more)
LibraryThing member JeraSullivan
Summary:
This book is about the experiences Harriet Tubman had while trying to free slaves. In the story she is the train conductor that is taking two children back in time to experience what it was like. They are headed North when the two children get separated like most families experienced in those times. Their only form of communication was through letters. They are eventually reunited and able to experience being freed.

Personal Reaction:
This is a really great book that teaches younger children in a different way of the experiences and emotions that adults and children went through as slaves in the under ground railroad. I think that all classrooms should have this book and the illustrations are wonderful.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. This book could be used with a slavery lesson.
2. After reading this book students could write letters to a friend in the classroom pretending they have been separated during those times.
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LibraryThing member jfoti
I have always enjoyed this book very much. I remember reading it as a young child and I have always had a mental picture of the cover of the book, with Aunt Harriet, Be Be, and Cassie flying in a bright blue sky. I think that this is a wonderful example of a successful children's story in that it presents an important, meaningful lesson about history, but is presented in an approachable and understandable way for children. By using a child as the narrator, children who read the book are able to connect to her. The book also gives children an introduction to an important time in history and creates a starting point for students to explore the topic in more depth as they grow older. The illustrations are memorable and help the story and its themes become engrained in children. Overall, after re-reading this book today, I believe that it is definitely a book that I would utilize in my own classroom.… (more)
LibraryThing member dukefan86
I'm pretty certain I read this book a few years ago, but decided to reread it for Goodreads. I enjoyed learning more about Harriet Tubman, but the topic may be a little deep for younger readers. Color illustrations do a nice job of accompanying the story.
LibraryThing member AyannaMagee
This book tells of two children and their adventure traveling the Underground Railroad to Canada to freedom. Aunt Harriet directs these two to each stop and the children meet many interesting people and see many new things. Though the children are separated at the beginning, they keep in contact through notes left along the way. The children experience the feelings of what the slaves went through on their trip to freedom.… (more)
LibraryThing member hatease
Cassie and her brother Be Be meet a train full of people, and Be Be gets on but Cassie misses the train. Harriet Tubman guides her and they follow the steps of the slaves who escaped in the Underground Railroad and she finds Be Be.
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LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
This book tells of two children and their adventure traveling the Underground Railroad to Canada to freedom. Aunt Harriet (Tubman) directs these two to each stop and the children meet many interesting people and see many new things. Though the children are separated at the beginning, they keep in contact through notes left along the way. The children experience the feelings of what the slaves went through on their trip to freedom.… (more)
LibraryThing member april.doolan
Summary: This book is about Harriet Tubman's experiences during slavery and it tells the story of when she was trying to free the slaves, she takes two children back in time to experience what life was like back then.
Personal Reaction: I think this book was really good, and it would help children understand slavery better.
Classroom Extension:
1. I would have a slavery lesson with this book.
2. This would also be a good story to use to talk about the underground railroad.
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LibraryThing member Kassidy_Maxie
This book takes the time to focus on a critical time in history, and uses two young individuals as they experience first hand the events that took place during the underground railroad with one of the most legendary conductors of the railroad, Harriet Tubman.
LibraryThing member Climbing-books
A good book to illustrate the impact of the Underground Railroad, without having to address the more mature elements of its operation and the peril that came with its existence.
LibraryThing member AMaffett
This book would be great to teach expression. There was a lot of conversational text with varied punctuation and expression.

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

9.5 x 0.5 inches

ISBN

051758767X / 9780517587676

Barcode

131
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