Harriet and the Promised Land by Jacob Lawrence

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The well-known African-American artist boldly captures the drama of Harriet Tubman's struggle to free her people from slavery, in a collection of powerful and vivid paintings.
 

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Author BioJacob Lawrence is a prominent American painter whose career spans six decades. He is known for several sequences of narrative paintings, including "Harriet Tubman" and "Frederick Douglass." Lawrence is the illustrator of Harriet in the Promised Land, a picture book. He is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Washington, Seattle.
 
Published October 1, 1993 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Harriet, Harriet,/ Born to be free,/ Led her people/ To liberty."" In a text that tells it like a hymn of praise, in paintings that are expressions not illustrations, Harriet Tubman ""grow(s) bigger, grow(s) stronger,"" gets the sign that the time is right, leads her first runaways toward the Pro...

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This powerful tribute to the courage of Harriet Tubman provides an ideal introduction to the work of African American artist Lawrence. Tubman's life is dramatically portrayed in stunning artwork, bold

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In a starred review of this tribute to Harriet Tubman, PW praised Lawrence's ""stunning"" paintings and noted, ""This moving and beautiful book will stimulate interest in the artist as well as his subject."" All ages.

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The text seems simple (``Harriet, Harriet, / Born a slave, / Work for your master, / From your cradle / To your grave''), yet it resonates with a wealth of emotions--anger, fear, jubilation.

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Common Sense Media

Determined to secure liberty for slaves in the pre-Civil War South, Harriet Tubman leads them "toward the Promised Land" in this tribute to her life told with striking art and poetry emphasizing slavery's emotional impact.

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