Before She Was Harriet

Before She Was Harriet Review

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.


A Junior Library Guild Selection

Title:Before She Was Harriet
Edition Language:English

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  • 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 ne...

  • 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 s...

  • 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...

  • 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 fr...

  • 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. ...

  • 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....