Before She Was Harriet

Before She Was Harriet

A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse and illustrated by an award-winning artist. We know her today as Harriet Tubman, but in her lifetime she was called by many names. As General Tubman she was a Union spy. As Moses she led hundreds to freedom on the Underground Railroad. As Minty she was a slave whose spirit could not be broken. An evocative poe A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse and illustrated by an award-winning artist. We know h...

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Title:Before She Was Harriet
Author:Lesa Cline-Ransome
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:0823420477
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:32 pages pages

Before She Was Harriet Reviews

  • Emma
    Dec 11, 2017
    Fantastic verse-like sparse text and gorgeous illustrations. My only complaint is that it has no author's note or back matter. ...
  • Donalyn
    Nov 25, 2017
    Gorgeous book. I liked the circular nature of the story and the reminder that Harriet Tubman wore many names and roles during her life. ...
  • Barbara
    Sep 23, 2017
    Exquisite watercolor illustrations complement an engaging story that allows readers to look back in time on the life journey of Harriet Tubman. I appreciated how the author chose to begin the story near the end of Tubman's life now that she's "tired and worn / her legs stiff / her back...
  • Laura
    Jan 05, 2018
    Wonderful and powerful. Beginning with Harriet Tubman as an old woman, this story traces her role as a suffragist, during the Civil War, as a conductor on the Underground Railroad leading others to freedom, and as a slave working the fields in Maryland. The almost lyrical text is simpl...
  • Amanda
    Dec 16, 2017
    I love how this travels backwards to tell Harriet's story; the illustrations are gorgeous; and this reads like poetry. ...
  • Suz
    Aug 08, 2017
    There are plenty of picture book biographies of Harriet Tubman, but the Ransomes have created a beautiful and poetic look at her life. Each time the page turns, another part of her life is named and shown. Old woman, suffragist, General Tubman, Union spy, nurse, Aunt Harriet, Moses, Mi...
  • Brenda Kahn
    Jun 02, 2017
    This is more of an impressionistic biography but a beautiful one. Sparely written - are they poems? Only a few words on each line and not many on each page and nary a comma or period in sight. But these few words are evocative. The illustrations are gorgeous and powerful double-page sp...
  • Aliza Werner
    Jan 14, 2018
    Harriett Tubman's life and many roles, chronologically backward. I wish there had been some back matter to dive further into those different stages of Harriet's life. ...
  • Annina Luck
    Dec 21, 2017
    Great way to tell a story, using all the different names and going backwards! Beautiful illustrations. ...
  • Carrie
    Dec 08, 2017
    Darn right. This is a great piece of art and a great summary of her incredible acts. The last page has a "and this is why we do this" satisfaction to it. ...