Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman (Picture Puffin)

by Alan Schroeder

Paperback, 2000





Puffin Books (2000), Edition: Reprint, 40 pages


Young Harriet Tubman, whose childhood name was Minty, dreams of escaping slavery on the Brodas plantation in the late 1820s.

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LibraryThing member karsenault07
Genre: Non-fiction
This is a great example of non-fiction because it is about the young years of Harriet Tubman who was is known as one of the bravest and inspirational woman in U.S. history. Harriet's nickname was Minty and she wanted to run away since she was little and her dad brought her out in the woods on the weekends and would teach her things for escaping like how to swim, how you can tell which direction is north without the stars, and how to walk quietly through the woods.
Characterization: Minty was the protagonist-main character because she was the little girl that was adventurous and kept getting herself into trouble and almost got sold south. She had lots of spunk and was sent to work in the fields. The antagonist would be Mrs. Brodas, Mr. Brodas, and the overseer Sanders who watched her set free the muskrats from the traps.
Art Media: water color
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LibraryThing member juliac83
It begins with the authors notes on the historical facts behind Harriet Tubman’s life and bravery. He chose the name Minty after her cradle name Araminta. He explains where he got his facts from and how he came to the conclusions to write his book. The story is about Harriet at age 8, as a slave. She is hiding from her mistress wanting to play with a doll like any child would. After an accident at supper, her mistress burns her doll to nothing but ashes and sends her to the fields to work. The mistress did not feel the fields were a stern enough punishment so she ordered her to check the muskrat traps. She got caught releasing the muskrats she tried to run, and was caught and then whipped. Her father knew she would eventually run away and wanted her to have survival skills. He taught her foods she can eat in the woods, how to camouflage herself and even to swim. She knew she was ready to run away, but when she had the opportunity she stayed. She promised herself that she would have the courage to follow through the next time. She would be free. It ended with historical facts about Harriet Tubman’s life and her daring escape in 1849.

I think this book was a very good way to teach children the struggles slaves went through and how they planned to survive slavery. The pictures are very well illustrated and the book is very understandable. I like how they gave the facts but also wrote it in term children will understand and relate to.

1. This would be a good book to start black history month. They could write a daily writing entry on how they would feel if they were a slave.
2. This could also be used as a creative writing lesson. The children could write an essay on how they think she showed bravery and what they would do differently.
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LibraryThing member sdglenn
Nonfiction. Information/ narrative book. Drawn with pastals. Great for grades k-3. Young Harriet Tubman, whose childhood name was Minty, dreams of escaping slavery on the Brodas plantation in the late 1820s.
LibraryThing member debrasw
Summary: this is a false tale of Harriet Tubman's childhood. It has some truths to it, but overall some of the stories are made up. it is about a slave girl who at first is a house slave but is too clumsy and so begins to work outside. she wants freedom more than anything, but is too scared to run and does not know which way is north. one day Ben another slave, takes her out and shows her how to tell which way is north and what you need in order to survive. In the end she gets to scared to leave, but then at the end of the story is the real story of harriet tubman and at 24 years old Harriet makes it to freedom.

Genre: realistic fiction

media: pencil, color pencil, watercolor
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LibraryThing member kholec1
“Minty” tells the story of young Harriet Tubman who was a brave little girl who always spoke her mind. This book teaches students that they should always stand up for what they believe in and follow their dreams. Minty was a brave girl and she knew she wanted more out of life then to always be a slave. She constantly learned survival skills to prepare to move. Although in the story she did not actually run away, the authors note at the end discussed when she finally did and how she helped so many other slaves escape as well on the Underground Railroad. Minty was just a regular slave yet she did big things, showing children that you do not need to be a significant person to do big things. This book also shows that if you want something to happen then you have to be the one to make it happen, you cannot just sit around and wait for things to happen. Minty wanted to escape but in order to do this she had to have enough courage to run away.… (more)
LibraryThing member jresner
This book is very relatable and gives us such a great glimpse into the history of our country - even the painful history like slavery. It is so sweet to read this story about the childhood of a history woman, and to empathize. This is a must read, because it gives readers perspective and a reminder of the past.
LibraryThing member athena.j
The genre of this book is historical fiction. IT tells the story of young Harriet Tubman's life on the Brodas plantation, first working as a house slave, and then a field slave. Her father, "Old Ben," teaches her all she needs to know to escape, and even though she finds the courage to do so, her attempts don't succeed, but she believes she will escape someday. This book would be appropriate for 3rd-5th graders, in a unit on the Underground Railroad or slavery in the south.… (more)
LibraryThing member atinney16
Summary: "Minty" is the fictional character that is being read in this story and he is playing as Harriet Tubman's childhood. This book is a true story/facts about Tubman's life. sHe was a slave on the Brodas plantation on MAryland's Eastern Shore in the 1800's. However, instead of being a slave for being known as " too clumsy", Tubman ended up working in the fields. The book starts off as Harriet is a young girl. "Minty" had it rough in the house she was working in and would always vent to her mother and father about what happened during the day. Minty wanted to try and find a way out. SHe would always say she wanted to run away. Minty was unable to get free.
PErsonal Experience: This story was touching. WE do not seem to realizze how lucky we have it, even if we are thankful for such little things in our lives. I seem to take things for granite. After reading this story, it was inpiring to see what Minty went through and I am able to really look at everything differently.
Reflection: Write down things we are thankful for in our lives. DO a compare/contrast of what life is like now compared to what it was like during the 1800's.
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Physical description

40 p.; 9.5 inches


014056196X / 9780140561968


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