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Before She Was Harriet
The Story of Harriet Tubman
by Lesa Cline-Ransome
James E. Ransome, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 9 x 11 | US$ 17.95
ISBN: 9780823420476 | 11-30-2017

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 7

Themes: Women's History, Poetry, African American Interest, 19th Century, Racism & Prejudice, Human & Civil Rights
Recommendations: B*, K*, PW*, SLJ*

About the Book

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. A Junior Library Guild Selection.

★★★ THE REVIEWS ARE IN! ★★★


★ "Simultaneously simple enough for young children to understand and sophisticated enough to inspire adults . . . Libraries likely already have many Harriet Tubman books, but this well-designed, unique approach warrants making room for one more."—Booklist, Starred Review

★ "A memorable, lyrical reverse-chronological walk through the life of an American icon. While the text introduces readers to the details of Tubman's life, Ransome's use of watercolor . . . reveals Tubman's humanity, determination, drive, and hope. Ransome's lavishly detailed and expansive double-page spreads situate young readers in each time and place as the text takes them further into the past. A picture book more than worthy of sharing the shelf with Alan Schroeder and Jerry Pinkney's Minty (1996) and Carole Boston Weatherford and Kadir Nelson's Moses (2006)."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

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Before She Was Harriet
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