Review: Chasing Freedom by Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by Michele Wood

Hi everyone, it’s Kara again, and I have a great historical fiction book to share with you today. Chasing Freedom (The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony Inspired by Historical Facts) by Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by Michele Wood.

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About the book:

Nikki Grimes offers a glimpse into the inspiring lives of Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman, with breathtaking illustrations by Michele Wood!

What if Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony sat down over tea to reminisce about their extraordinary lives? What would they recall of their triumphs and struggles as they fought to achieve civil rights for African Americans and equal rights for women? And what other historical figures played parts in their stories? These questions led Coretta Scott King Award winner Nikki Grimes to create CHASING FREEDOM, an engaging work of historical fiction about two of the nineteenth century’s most powerful, and inspiring, American women.

With breathtaking illustrations by Coretta Scott King Award winner Michele Wood, CHASING FREEDOM richly imagines the experiences of Tubman and Anthony, set against the backdrop of the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

Additional back matter invites curious young readers to further explore this period in history–and the larger-than-life figures who lived it.

About the author:


Nikki Grimes

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin’s Notebook, Talkin’ About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.

About the illustrator:


Michele Wood

Michele Wood is a painter, illustrator, designer, and writer who has gained wide recognition in the United States for her award-winning books and critically acclaimed art exhibits.

She was honored with the prestigious American Book Award for her first book, Going Back Home, and by the American Library Association with the 1999 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for her I See the Rhythm. Her work, which has been exhibited in major venues nationally, reflects an essential sense of history and place.

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My Review:

Chasing Freedom by Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by Michele Wood

My rating 5/5 stars

I received this book from Goodreads First Reads program for an unbiased review.

Despite this book being for Elementary students, I learned a lot myself. I didn’t even know that Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony were alive during the same time period. It is also amazing to know that almost 100 years ago women could not even vote!

I wish I had read this book when I was in elementary. It is very inspiring. It could show a young girl, or anyone of color, not to let what some consider as weakness hold them back!

The illustrations were beautiful and fit the story perfectly. I loved how they had tea and discussed their stories. One page would be about Susan, the next about Harriet; it flowed seamlessly. Also it was a conversation and that helped the book feel like you were there as a third-party listening.

Children: I think this would be great for all children ages 7 to 12. I would really think this book would be excellent for a teacher to read this to their class. Also if someone has a child interested in art, the illustrations alone are worth the price of the book.

Parents: I believe parents would also enjoy reading this story. I learned so much I was never taught in school about both of these important historical figures. It could lead to wonderful conversations between you and your child about history.

What do you think of this book? Were you taught about these two figures when you were in school? Thanks for stopping by!

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