Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
Overview - She was big. She was black. She was so beautiful. Born into slavery, Belle had to endure the cruelty of several masters before she escaped to freedom. And oh, was freedom sweet But still, she knew that she wouldn't really be free unless she was helping to end slavery and injustice in America. Read more...
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She was big. She was black. She was so beautiful. Born into slavery, Belle had to endure the cruelty of several masters before she escaped to freedom. And oh, was freedom sweet But still, she knew that she wouldn't really be free unless she was helping to end slavery and injustice in America. That's when she changed her name to Sojourner and began traveling across the country, demanding equal rights for black people and for women. A woman of towering height and a mesmerizing speaker, Sojourner began drawing mighty crowds wherever she went. Many people weren't ready for her message--some even threatened her. But Sojourner was brave and her truth was powerful, and people would remember what she said. And slowly, but surely as Sojourner's step-stomp stride, America began to change. Celebrated author-illustrator team Andrea Davis and Brian Pinkney tell the story of one of the most unique and courageous women in American history, Sojourner Truth.
- ISBN-13: 9780786807673
- ISBN-10: 0786807679
- Publisher: Jump at the Sun
- Publish Date: November 2009
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 5-8
Books > Juvenile Fiction > General
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The team behind the Caldecott Honor book Duke Ellington offers a rousing biography of this indefatigable abolitionist, born a slave. Her parents gave their baby the name Belle: “Seems her newborn's cry was ringing in good news. Nothing quiet about that girl.” Fittingly, the author's punchy, poetic prose is anything but hushed as it follows Sojourner Truth's remarkable life. When her master failed to honor his promise to free her, the young woman “fled like tomorrow wasn't ever gonna come.... She refused to stop until she saw hope.” She never truly stopped, traveling “up and down the land” to speak about freedom, “the fire that burns inside. And Sojourner Truth, she was full of fire.” Earth tones dominate Brian Pinkney's sunlit paintings, which are given loose definition by strong, inky brushstrokes. Truth is often shown surrounded by a golden glow, and the images consistently convey her charisma and conviction, markedly in a riveting recreation of Truth's galvanizing “Ain't I a woman?” speech. True to the spirit of Sojourner Truth herself, the Pinkneys' work emanates confidence and grace. Ages 5–9. (Nov.)