Before She Was Harriet

Before She Was Harriet

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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 poem and opulent watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life.


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Title:Before She Was Harriet
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780823420476
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  • Donalyn

    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

    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 ne...

  • Suz

    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 s...

  • Brenda Kahn

    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 the...

  • Emma

    Fantastic verse-like sparse text and gorgeous illustrations. My only complaint is that it has no author's note or back matter....

  • Carrie

    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....

  • Alia

    Woo Booooyyy! That was good. Just enough and SO much. Beautiful words and illustrations. Another great book by the Ransomes. ...

  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)

    I loved the text and art in this one. Another good one for a mentor text....

  • Chance Lee

    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 wo...

  • mg

    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 fo...