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Before She Was Harriet

by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Illustrated by James E. Ransome

Published by Holiday House, 2017
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢠪23420476

Ages 6-9

A journey backward in time through the life of the woman known most often as 揌arriet Tubman emphasizes the many roles she played梥uffragist, Union spy, nurse, conductor on the Underground Railroad, daughter梩he many names by which she was known桮eneral Tubman, Aunt Harriet, Moses, Minty, Araminta梐nd the name she chose for herself, Harriet. She 揹reamed of living long enough / to one day / be old / stiff and achy / tired and worn and wrinkled / and free. The skillful narrative抯 imaginative and effective structure, in which Tubman抯 life unspools from old woman back to childhood, allows the child audience to build on prior knowledge and emphasizes Harriet抯 agency throughout her life. The many facets of Tubman抯 life and the many roles she played are vividly portrayed in the full-page paintings that provide a rich backdrop for the fine narrative. Highly Commended, 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Award  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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