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Before She Was Harriet

By Lesa Cline-Ransome
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Book Details
  • Author: Lesa Cline-Ransome
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Holiday House
  • Published: 2019-06-11
  • Edition: Illustrated
An evocative poem and stunning watercolors come together to honor an American heroine in a Coretta Scott King Honor and Christopher Award-winning picture book.

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. As Araminta she was a young girl whose father showed her the stars and the first steps on the path to freedom.

This lush, lyrical biography in verse begins with a glimpse of Harriet Tubman as an old woman, and travels back in time through the many roles she played through her life: spy, liberator, suggragist and more. Illustrated by James Ransome, whose paintings for The Creation won a Coretta Scott King medal, this is a riveting introduction to an American hero.

The paperback edition includes a new author's note, and a list of resources for further study.

* A Junior Library Guild Selection
* A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
* A Christopher Award winner
* A Jane Addams Children's Honor Book

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