Before She was Harriet

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Before She was Harriet is about the life of Harriet Tubman. Harriet was an African American woman who is a hero. Harriet started her life as a slave, and then became a conductor on the Underground Railroad, helping other slaves to freedom. During the Civil War, she was a nurse and a Union spy. She risked her life taking secret messages across battlefields. After the war, Harriet became a suffragist, which means that she fought for women’s right to vote. Harriet really was a hero who fought for a lot of things in our country.

I really liked reading Before She was Harriet because I think it was really neat to learn about real people. I had never heard of Harriet Tubman before, so I didn’t know what the story would be about. It follows her life story, but backwards. The book starts with Harriet as an old woman and ends with young Harriet being taught to read the stars by her father. The illustrations are really beautiful, like a painting, and I really liked looking at them. I would recommend this book to children who like learning about people in history and to classrooms that are learning about Harriet Tubman or slavery. After reading Before She was Harriet, I would like to learn more about her and will be looking for other books about Harriet Tubman for my library.

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Author Lesa Cline-Ransome • James E. Ransome, Illustrator
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 32 pages
Publisher Holiday House
Publish Date 2017-Nov-07
ISBN 9780823420476
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Issue December 2017
Category Children's


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