Monday, March 12, 2018

Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome - ESSENTIAL

Cline-Ransome, Lesa Before She Was Harriet Illustrated by James E. Ransome PICTURE BOOK Holiday House, 2017. $18. Content: G.  

Harriet Tubman had a lot of different names throughout her life.  This book takes the reader through Harriet’s life as a reflection from her time as a suffragist, a general in the Underground Railroad, a Union Spy and many other roles until she is a small girl named Minty who is taught by her father to read the stars at night.  In the end it returns to Harriet sitting on a train as a free woman.  

This book makes me cry.  I love Harriet Tubman and this fantastic look at all that she did with her amazing life is inspiring.  Each page has a poetic format that gives a simplified version of that part of her life.  The illustrations are very well done.  If kids don’t know who Harriet Tubman is, this can be a starting point, or if they do know who she is, this is a great summary of all she did.  Loved it.  

EL (K-3), EL – ESSENTIAL.  MS – ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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