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Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner…

Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth

by Anne Rockwell

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Sojourner Truth was born a slave, sold three times before she was thirteen. Telling the story in a way that is appropriate for young readers, the author explains how the little slave girl Isabella transformed herself into the free woman “Sojourner Truth,” an itinerant preacher against the evils of slavery and one of the most powerful voices of the antebellum abolitionist movement. Hers is an amazing story, and cannot help but inspire all who read it. ( )
  nbmars | Feb 10, 2017 |
This is a very graphically detailed historical fiction story of a Sojourner Truth (Isabella) being sold into slavery and the process of her life as she grows older, is forced to marry, and eventually freed from slavery. Author, Anne Rockwell, clearly depicts Sojourner Truth's struggles to be free, her fight to protect her son sold out of state (the winning of a black woman vs. a white man), her learnings about the Bible and God, and her calling to share her story boldly through her freedom. ( )
  Ebarclift13 | Sep 6, 2015 |
This book is about the life of Sojourner Truth and her time as a slave and her time in freedom. The story starts when she is 9 years old and being sold into slavery. It later jumps to when she is 28 and she is set free. During her freedom she learns more about Gob and the Bible and she has a vision where she is roaming around the country giving sermons about her time as a slave to teach people what really happened to them as a slave. She goes and changes peoples lives because of her bravery. I would use this in the classroom during a lesson on slavery or during black history month. Genre: Historical fiction, informational, biography ( )
  amassingale | Feb 3, 2015 |
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Bryan O'Keeffe

I had previously never heard of this book, but had heard of the character the story talked about. I really enjoyed reading this book and learned a lot from it as well. The best thing I enjoyed about this book was the illustrations. I think they fit the story well, the illustrations gave the story and old timely feel. The story was set in the 1800's and was historical and I think the illustrations gave the story authenticity. Which led to me believing that the characters were real. Sojourner Truth was a real person and I felt that the story portrayed her well. The character went through real struggles that a female slave at the time would have gone through. Not once did I begin to question whether or not this character was real or not. I was really into the plot of the story as well. Sojourner was sold into slavery and sold again. She was promised her freedom and was tricked into staying a slave. Then she was able to run away and become free. I really felt that there was a great climax in the story when she renamed herself and began to speak to people about her struggles as a slow. Stories like hers always deserve a happy ending and have a great message; never give up on life and always be grateful. ( )
  bokeef2 | Nov 18, 2014 |
This book was a great read! Not only did I learn so much about the hardships of Sojourner's life, but I also learned how she really made a difference in the lives of millions of people. She also made a difference in her own life which in the end most likely saved her life. She was an amazing woman with an amazing message of perseverance and equality and I think this would be a great book to share with future students about people making a difference by going for their dreams. ( )
  LauraMcQueen | Feb 13, 2013 |
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Born in 1797, and sold three times by the time she was 13 (and beaten many more times), a tall young slave girl named Isabella grew in her determination to fight the evils of slavery and speak for human rights. At the age of 46, having been a free woman for 17 years, Isabella woke from a dream telling her she must travel the country, conveying to people what it meant to be a slave. On that day, Isabella renamed herself.

"It was as though the life she'd known up till then belonged to someone else. A new one was beginning. The old life had become a tale to tell, a story to bring freedom to others. Her old name belonged to her old life. From that day on, she was never called Isabella again. Her name was Sojourner Truth."
Anne Rockwell's picture-book biography of the legendary and powerful messenger of civil rights rings with authority and dignity, matched by Gregory Christie's full-page impressionistic paintings featuring Truth's symbolically outsized head and hands, and striking perspectives of both slaves and slave owners. Awash with rich color, Christie's images will linger long with readers, as will Rockwell's description of Sojourner Truth singing in the face of enraged, drunken antiabolitionists. The author includes a historical note and a 19th century timeline for further context. Rockwell is the noted author of more than 100 books for children, and Christie was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in The Palm of My Heart. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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An illustrated biography of nineteenth-century abolitionist Sojourner Truth, who was born into slavery and fought for the rights of African-Americans and women.

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