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...

Joan rated it ★★★★★

March 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 Jack Built"...

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.

Suzanne 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...

Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it ★★★★★

December 09, 2017

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

Becky rated it ★★★★★

February 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 Was Harriet is a...

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...

Jenny rated it ★★★★☆

March 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.

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