Before She Was Harriet

Lesa Cline-Ransome, illus. by James E. Ransome. Holiday House, $17.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8234-2047-6
This striking reverse chronology opens with a regal portrait of an elderly Harriet Tubman, after which the Ransomes chart her decades of work in pursuit of equality. “Before she was a suffragist/ she was General Tubman/ rising out of the fog/ armed with courage/ strong in the face of rebels,” writes Lesa Cline-Ransome, her incisive free verse emphasizing Tubman’s bravery in the face of a multitude of dangers. James Ransome’s watercolor portraits imbue Tubman with a steely determination—at every age—in lush scenes often set against blazing summer skies and blue, moonlit nights. Beyond its recognition of all that Tubman accomplished, the book serves as a powerful reminder of how all children carry within them the potential for greatness. Ages 4–7. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/09/2017
Release date: 11/07/2017
Genre: Children's
Compact Disc - 978-1-4301-3118-2
Hardcover - 978-1-4301-3120-5
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-8234-4429-8
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