Monday, February 1, 2010

Non-Fiction Monday: Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride

Jacket description:
"Sojourner Truth was as strong adn tall as most men. She was big, black, and so beautiful. Born into slavery, Sojourner ran away as a young girl. She cherished her freedom, and believed it should be granted to everyone. But she didn't fight for it with her mighty fists, and she didn't stomp for it with her giant boots. Sojourner spoke the truth, and struggled against injustice with her brace, beautiful words.

Following Sojourner from her courageous plantation escape to her meeting with Abraham Lincoln, this is a stirring portrait of a woman who pulled herself up by her great big bootstraps. A warrior for justice above all else, Sojourner allowed no bias to cross her path without a fight."

I absolutely love the story of Sojourner Truth. She is one of the most amazing women in history and I love reading all the different versions of her inspirational story and this has just become one of my favorite versions. The husband and wife team of Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney did a truly fantastic job portraying Sojourner Truth and the path she took through her life, including the sadness she experienced in the beginning of her life, being born into slavery and sold from her parents, as well as the powerful message of all she did for the rights of her people.

The illustrations are a wonderful companion to the text, being a bit old-fashioned, but showing Truth as she was. "Big, black, and so beautiful."

A definite recommendation for all libraries. Great for units on Black History Month, slavery, or strong women in history.

Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney
32 pages
Non-Fiction Picture Book
November 2009
Review copy received from publisher

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NatalieSap said...

Great minds think alike! I chose this book for my Nonfiction Monday post, and I gushed about it too. :)

JILL O. MILES said...

This sounds like a great choice for my daughter's black history project. Thanks for posting.