Before She Was Harriet (Hardcover)

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

Holiday House, 9780823420476, 32pp.

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

List Price: 17.95*
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Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Title

NCTE Notable Poetry Book

Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature (CSMCL) Best Book of the Year

Booklist Editors' Choice

Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book

EUREKA Nonfiction Honor Award

NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work-Children

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.

About the Author

Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome have collaborated on many award-winning picture books for children. These include Satchel Paige, which was an ALA Best Book for Children and Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass, which received starred reviews in Booklist and School Library Journal. The Quilt Alphabet was praised as "A blue-ribbon ABC book that combines bright, folksy oil paintings and lilting riddle-poems," in a starred review in Publishers Weekly and called "a feast for the eyes" in School Library Journal. They live in the Hudson River Valley region of New York.