Before She Was Harriet (Holiday House, $17.95), Araminta Ross was known by many names. The woman who would become Harriet Tubman could be identified in myriad ways throughout her life, from nicknames like Minty and Moses to more universal labels such as sister, daughter, suffragist, and freedom fighter. Lesa Cline-Ransome uses poetry to detail the extraordinary life of one of America’s greatest heroes. Coupled with beautifully detailed watercolor illustrations by James E. Ransome, Cline-Ransome’s verses highlight this former slave’s many accomplishments. Moving beyond Tubman’s work as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, readers will revel in her lesser-known achievements as a Civil War spy and expedition leader and truly learn what this “wisp of a woman with the courage of a lion” accomplished. Ages 6-9.
Before She Was Harriet - Lesa Cline-Ransome, James Ransome