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

Before She Was Harriet Reviews

  • Emma
    Dec 11, 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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Barbara
    Sep 23, 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. ...

    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

    Gorgeous book. I liked the circular nature of the story and the reminder that Harriet Tubman wore many names and roles during her life. ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Amanda
    Dec 16, 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. ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

  • Suz
    Aug 08, 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. ...

    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...

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

    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...

  • Brenda Kahn
    Jun 02, 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. ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

  • Annina Luck
    Dec 21, 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. ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

  • Alia
    Dec 10, 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. ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

    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. ...

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

  • Carrie
    Dec 08, 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. ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

    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. ...