Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride

by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Hardcover, 2009





Jump At The Sun (2009), Edition: First Edition, 32 pages


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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LibraryThing member eputney87
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.

Strength- Characterization
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.
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LibraryThing member Jessie_Bear
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.… (more)
LibraryThing member matthewbloome
Both a strong picture book biography and source of literary devices. It was great. Everyone should get a copy.
LibraryThing member samib
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.
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LibraryThing member samuelsaiz
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.
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.
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LibraryThing member vsoler
My favorite part of this book is the recounting of Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" speech. There is a power in her words still today. I think Andrea Davis Pinkney gives enough information about the ugliness of slavery for young students (lacking prior knowledge) to have some idea why Sojourner fled, but the real focus is how she used her freedom for the benefit of African Americans and women. Good book!… (more)
LibraryThing member Kdd026
This story portrays the ugly truth of slavery in America, which will be insightful to young children. It is a great story that lifts up the rights of all people and encouraging the use of one's life for the good cause of other's freedoms. There is also much to be said about the rights of women in the story as well.
LibraryThing member Kate_Schulte078
This book would be good to use when talking about the underground railroad or women's rights. I think students will enjoy this story because it is an inspiring narrative.
LibraryThing member jmistret
"Big. Black. Beautiful. True. That was Sojourner." This quote, found on the very first page, sums up Sojourner Truth. She was born into slavery, taken from her mother and father, sold to another master, and worked very hard to be freed. She finally got her wish, changed her name, and then worked even hard to spread her story and speak of the hardships she faced. Sojourner Truth was known for "telling it like it was." Throughout her journey she was able to publish a book "The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave" which from that point on, never left her side. She often spoke of diversity and believed that women should share the same rights as men. Afterall, nobody ever helped her into a carriage and ain't she a woman?… (more)
LibraryThing member jegammon
Response - I have a new hero! I think that this biography is masterfully told. I felt Sojourner's energy and passion.

Curricular connection - unit on Civil Rights, slavery, African American history


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Physical description

32 p.; 9 inches


0786807679 / 9780786807673


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