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 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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  • Mariah Roze

    "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 G...

  • Donalyn

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

  • destiny ??? [howling libraries]

    Assigned reading for MLIS 7421: Multicultural Youth Literature.I love children's nonfiction books about important historical figures, because I think it's so important that little ones are taught not ...

  • Barbara

    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 ne...

  • Laura Harrison

    One of my favorite books of 2017. I can't believe I forgot to review it last year :(((((...

  • Suzanne

    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 s...

  • Joan

    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. Wel...

  • Brenda Kahn

    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 the...

  • Michelle

    Harriet Tubman was much more than just the conductor on the underground railroad. This talks about all parts of her life and shows that she was just so much more than the one thing we know her for! I ...

  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)

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