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Before She Was Harriet

by Lesa Cline-Ransome, James E. Ransome (Illustrator)

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A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse. 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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A lyrical biography beginning at the end of Harriet Tubman’s life and traveling back to her girlhood, this book offers a glimpse into a woman who should be known for her many accomplishments and by her different names.
  NCSS | Jul 23, 2021 |
This children's novel is a beautiful depiction of her life and her story. I think that when we look at children's biographies about important historical figures, I think that sometimes they either gloss too much over important details or they dont tell the full story. In thid book, however, they talk about her life, who she was, her name, her different roles in society, and her other--less known--major impacts in American History. The story talks about, in a poetic manner, her different accomplishments and her identity and experience as an African American woman in America. I believe that this novel is perfect in the classroom, and should be implemented in as many as possible. Although serious topics, such as slavery and oppression, are talked about it is not in a manner that is too intense for younger children.
  i.c.garcia524 | Apr 20, 2021 |
This is a biography of Harriet Tubman that is ideal for intermediate readers. It has pictures to depict what was going on in her life and words that are easy to read and follow. It would be a great book to have in the classroom, as it is a positive representation of people of color and the history of neglect and abuse they went through. ( )
  MirandaFox | Apr 19, 2021 |
This story is truly beautiful. It tells the story of a famous, influential woman through beautiful poetry and breath-taking illustrations. ( )
  ellieclairepotts | Apr 17, 2021 |
Before She Was Harriet is book about the life of Harriet Tubman, told in reverse chronology. The reader sees her in old age, all the way to right before she escapes and influences the world. This story is really inspirational and told with reverence to such an important figure. The story telling itself is unique since it is told in reverse, the reader already knows the ending at the start. Allowing them to see the main motivators and causes for the life she led. Also the illustrations are beautiful, really capturing the essence of her life in drawing form. Overall Before She Was Harriet is a great book that gives proper reverence for someone extremely important for America. ( )
  rtl5624 | Oct 20, 2020 |
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This book is a biography about Harriet Tubman before she became the Harriet Tubman we knew. She was involved in a lot while she was on the Earth (really impressive). She was brave and didn't let people get to her in any way.This book would connect with different students or different situations quite easily. Everyone has their own views and opinions on things and I think this would lead into a great conversation. It would empower little girls who may feel small and allow them to realize how much strength they have. That would allow a transactional experience in all.
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Lesa Cline-Ransomeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ransome, James E.Illustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, SiSi AishaNarratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
LaVoy, JanuaryNarratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pitts, Lisa ReneeNarratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Turpin, BahniNarratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Media, Live OakPublishersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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