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:Childrens
ISBN:0823420477
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:32 pages pages

Before She Was Harriet Reviews

  • Becky
    Feb 26, 2018
    First sentence: Here she sits/ an old woman/ tired and worn/ her legs stiff/ her back achy/ but before wrinkles formed/ and her eyes failed/ before she reached/ her twilight years/ she could walk for miles/ and see clearly/ under a sky lit only with stars. Premise/plot: Before She W...
  • Emma (Miss Print)
    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. ...
  • Elizabeth S
    Mar 31, 2018
    Fascinating backwards look through Harriet Tubman's life. Teaches about her life both before and after her famous Underground Railroad days. What an incredible woman. ...
  • Erin
    Feb 13, 2018
    This beautifully illustrated poetic biography takes you backwards and forwards in the life of Harriet Tubman. Unlike a lot of other books about her, you learn more about her life before she escaped slavery. The watercolors really are fantastic. Good for older kid or preschool story...
  • mg
    Nov 25, 2017
    Stunning illustrations paired with lyrical bio-in-verse. It's a lovely glimpse into the life of a social justice lioness. My only tiny complaint (and it's tiny) is that she starts the story waiting for a train and ends the story getting on it, but we don't know where she is headed or w...
  • 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...
  • Jenny
    Mar 08, 2018
    Both illustrations and text are absolutely beautiful. While this is just an introduction to Harriet Tubman and you'll likely want to pair it with other books (or at least a lot of discussion), this is a wonderful biography to introduce this remarkable woman. ...
  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    Nov 21, 2017
    I loved the text and art in this one. Another good one for a mentor text. ...
  • Amanda
    Dec 16, 2017
    I love how this travels backwards to tell Harriet's story; the illustrations are gorgeous; and this reads like poetry. ...
  • Chance Lee
    Dec 08, 2017
    A non-fiction picture book about Harriet Tubman. The illustrations are very nice, particularly with their smart use of lighting. The text isn't overwhelming and delivers a lot of information in few words. ...
  • Suzanne
    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...
  • Laura Harrison
    Apr 03, 2018
    One of my favorite books of 2017. I can't believe I forgot to review it last year :((((( ...
  • 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...
  • Peacegal
    Jun 06, 2018
    4.5 stars -- Wonderful, educational, and inspiring little book about the many roles Harriet Tubman played in her life. The artwork is beautiful. This is a great book to share with a young audience. ...
  • Jan Brooks
    Mar 06, 2018
    Beautifully written juvenile autobiography of Harriet Tubman. Encourages us to see what came first in her story. Gorgeous emotional illustrations. 2018 King Illustrator Honor Book. ...
  • Joan
    Mar 10, 2018
    I did not expect to be impressed by this book. There have been so many books done about Tubman, some of them fairly recently, that were well done, I couldn't see what was left to say at this time. Well, the book proved me wrong. It is told in a reverse kind of "This is the house that J...
  • Amy Nicole
    Mar 06, 2018
    I really really wish there was more information about her experiences as a general, spy, and leader, but there are other books that fulfill that role. This would be a great introduction to Harriet Tubman. 4.5 AR level ...
  • Jennifer Mangler
    Mar 12, 2018
    This is a gorgeous book! I love how the book uses the names she was given or chose to use to tell the story of the many important roles she played in this country. ...
  • Earl
    Mar 08, 2018
    As I told a librarian waffling whether to get this or not since they already have multiple books about Harriet Tubman, "It really is a wonderful read, the way they tell her story in a way that feels unique and inspiring." ...
  • 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. ...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    May 28, 2018
    Assigned reading for MLIS 7421: Multicultural Youth Literature. I love children's nonfiction books about important historical figures, because I think it's so important that little ones are taught not only fairytales, but real-life matters and history, too. Harriet is certainly a wo...
  • Lisa
    Feb 15, 2018
    This a wonderful biographical picture book about Harriet Tubman. The illustrations are amazing and so is the text. Highly Recommended. ...
  • Annina Luck
    Dec 21, 2017
    Great way to tell a story, using all the different names and going backwards! Beautiful illustrations. ...
  • Alia
    Dec 10, 2017
    Woo Booooyyy! That was good. Just enough and SO much. Beautiful words and illustrations. Another great book by the Ransomes. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Olivia Birazzi
    Apr 21, 2018
    The powerfully written, poetic, biography of Harriet Tubman provides the reader with the backwards story of the leader of the Underground Railroad. As each page is turned, the reader learns of a new name and role of Harriet Tubman, ranging from a suffragist, to a general, a union spy, ...
  • Maritsa Vazquez
    Jun 23, 2018
    content area: social studies Fiction Book: Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper. Published 2015. Before She Was Harriet is about Harriet Tubman's life and her different roles during different stages of her life. I chose to pair Before She Was Harriet with Juneteenth for Mazie. The ...
  • Nikki Ibarra
    Jun 21, 2018
    Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome Freedom Song: The Story of Henry "Box" Brown by Sally M. Walker Content area- social studies Harriet Tubman is about her life and all the roles she played. It describes her roles past what is typically thought of her being the guide f...