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Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride

by Andrea Pinkney, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)

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This is a story about a female African American slave named Sojourner. Although when she was a child her owners gave her the name of Isabella. Sojourner was over 6feet tall and very strong for a women. She made a deal with her slave owner, if she worked hard every day he would give her freedom, but they never let her go. One day she decided to run away, but her slave owner caught up to her. He decided to sell her to the people who took her in. Sojourner soon started her stomp-stomp messages around the neighborhood. Sojourner also gave her famous speech, " Ain't I a women?". She strongly believed in women's rights and would not stop fighting for them.
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I personally think this is a great story to help children learn about people from the past and their struggles. I liked the pictures and the way you can sing the story with the kids. It is a great book to use in classrooms and at home. ( )
  samuelsaiz | Oct 27, 2013 |
Both a strong picture book biography and source of literary devices. It was great. Everyone should get a copy. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
Sojourner Truth strides through life, stepping and stopping to freedom first for herself and then for others in this powerful biography of the famous nineteenth century African American. Andrea Davis Pinkney’s text blends a biographical portrait with lyrical language that tells a story instead of merely facts. Truth’s size and strength are often referred to, emphasizing and re-enforcing her as a powerful character who covered a lot of ground. The narrative leads up to Sojourner Truth’s famous “Ain’t I a Woman” speech at Akron, Ohio, 1851, which Pinkney effectively presents. After the narrative is a spread which reads more like a traditional biography with important dates and facts; also presented are sources for further reading. Brian Pinkney’s illustrations capture the bold, hopeful tone set by the text. He illustrates with “scratchboard” technique, coloring his work with Luma dyes and acrylic paints. His golden-mustard palette almost always depicts Sojourner Truth in active motion, complimenting the motif of her “step-stomp stride.” This work of non-fiction introduces an important woman, the concept of slavery, and the abolition movement all in a child-friendly picture book format which can be read either silently or out loud either at home or in a group setting. This biography is highly recommended for children ages seven through nine. ( )
  Jessie_Bear | Nov 6, 2011 |
Summary- Sojourner Truth was born into slavery but with incredible determination and strength (and help from a free Quaker family) she was able to live a life of freedom. After being freed from slavery Sojourner traveled around sharing her views on slavery and women's rights. She wrote a book at the end of her life that was signed my Abraham Lincoln.

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The words and illustrations provide a vivid picture of who Sojourner was and how strongly she believed in freedom and equality of the sexes.

Use for Children- This would be a great book to read aloud to kids learning about the history of slavery and women's rights in our country. ( )
  eputney87 | Jan 28, 2011 |
An exciting, inspiring, uplifting book which portrays with great energy the story and character of Sojourner Truth. The writing is vivid and fun to read aloud, and gets young children excited and interested in the story. They can stomp their feet and pound their fists just like Sojourner. Written simply enough for young children to enjoy, this biography reads like a story, with illustrations framed like great scenes from a movie. Highly recommended!

This book can be used well by teachers of elementary students studying for Black History Month, learning about famous African Americans and famous women, history, slavery, and America in the 19th century. Public librarians can use this book for storytimes to older preschoolers and kindergarteners, with lots of physical activity involved in the telling. It would also be a good title to display for Black History Month, biographies, famous women, or American history.
  samib | Jun 12, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786807679, Hardcover)

Born into slavery, Belle had to endure the cruelty of several masters before she escaped to freedom. But she knew she wouldn't really be free unless she was helping to end injustice. That's when she changed her name to Sojourner and began traveling across the country, demanding equal rights for black people and for women. Many people weren't ready for her message, but Sojourner was brave, and her truth was powerful. And slowly, but surely as Sojourner's step-stomp stride, America began to change.

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Sojourner Truth was born into slavery, but became a free woman. Freedom meant so much to Sojourner, she used the power of speech to help end slavery.

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