Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome

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Read Before She Was Harriet Online Free - 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
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ISBN : 0823420477
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 pages


Donalyn rated it ★★★★★

November 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 rated it ★★★★★

January 16, 2018

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 achy" (unp...

Emma rated it ★★★★☆

December 11, 2017

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

Suz rated it ★★★★☆

August 12, 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, Minty, Aramin...

Brenda rated it ★★★★★

June 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 spreads that...

Laura rated it ★★★★★

January 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 simple but power...

Aliza rated it ★★★★★

January 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 rated it ★★★★☆

December 21, 2017

Great way to tell a story, using all the different names and going backwards! Beautiful illustrations.

Amanda rated it ★★★★★

December 16, 2017

I love how this travels backwards to tell Harriet's story; the illustrations are gorgeous; and this reads like poetry.

Carrie rated it ★★★★★

December 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.

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