Based on the girlhood of Harriet Tubman, Minty guides the reader through life for a child slave with dreams of freedom. Jerry Pinkney’s illustrations alone make this book a stand-out. Although fiction, the book shows Minty’s spirit and knowledge needed to escape slavery and become Moses to her people. The author’s note gives historical facts to complete the story.
Try reading a biography of Harriet Tubman. Find facts that align themselves with this story and then have students write additional vignettes for other facts not alluded to in Minty. Study the illustrations for details on the time period–clothing, housing, tools, transportation.