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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 Sojo ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Jump At The Sun (first published 2009)
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The earthy toned oil paintings, contrasting black lines, and rhythmic text work together to create an admirable image of Sojourner Truth and her accomplishments in the slavery era. She is a woman who from the moment she was a girl, believed in God and freedom. She was a much wanted slave because of her height and strength (she was already six feet tall when she was only a child!). Sojourner was sold to some slave owners and separated from her parents. One of them, John Dumont, promised her freed ...more
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride is a fantastic biographic picture book for young readers in 2nd or 3rd grade. This book follows the life of Sojourner from her early slave life to when she decides that "For her, freedom meant helping others." This is a great book to use in a discussion of the end of slavery and the beginnings of the women's movement. Sojourner Truth is such a spirited and inspiring character for a book such as this. It is an excellent choice and idea by the author. The artwor ...more

The picture book Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride is about a girl who was born into slavery. She has many slave owners before she finally decides to help end injustice. Her story is about her traveling the country and fighting for her rights. Her character is strong, brave and powerful.

Sojourner has a very powerful character. I think that children can really relate to her character. Although it may take older children to know the book is focusing on civil rights. It wills still inspiring to a
Kayla Davis
Born a slave and given the name Isabella, Isabella grows up strong and statuesque. When her master does not fulfill his promise to free Belle after years of hard labor, Belle runs away to find refuge with a Quaker family, where she begins her journey of freedom. However, it is then that Belle discovers her true calling of speaking out against what is wrong and changes her name to Sojourner Truth, traveling the countryside speaking out for freedom and women’s rights. This would be an excellent bo ...more
This is the story of Sojourner Truth. However, she was not given this name originally. She was given a different name by her parents and then unfortunately was sold into slavery. After many years of working very hard, she ran away and escaped to freedom. Then she began speaking to the community and changed her name to Sojourner Truth. Her life was very impactful and her actions were also very ahead of her time.
I really liked how the author took this historical situation and brought such an impac
Sojourner was a bright young slave girl, who didn’t take any crap from anyone. She always knew what she wanted in life and even more so she knew exactly how she was going to get. She lived her life wanting to be free and so in her everyday life she searched for the opportunity to become a free woman. One day she ran into an abolitionist couple that helped buy her freedom and soon after she made it her lifelong mission to speak the truth for those who still did not have their own voice. Sojourner ...more
Kiara Aytch
Sojourner Truth’s… by Andrea Pinkney is the story about how Sojourner was tired of being a slave and decided to run away to freedom after she was promised it and later got denied. Once free she learns to read and write and dedicates the rest of her life traveling the country spreading the word about freedom and the unfair treatment of black people and women. This book does a great job providing detailed information about Sojourner Truth and what she stood for. I also, like the fact that it inclu ...more
I review children's books only when they're comically bad--or refreshingly good. Step-Stomp Stride certainly qualifies as the latter. My 8-year-old son (and I) both get a little bored with historical picture books, since they tend toward the dry or are overly simplistic. But we both were engaged through the last page of this uniquely written, informative, fast-paced book, which is even fun for an adult to read aloud--and if you've read as many books aloud as I have, you know this is no small fe ...more
Tracy Holland
I have spent the summer reading loads of picture books about famous Americans, particularly earlier in history. After reading Rabble Rousers, the story of Sojourner Truth interested me, and then, when I found a picture book on her life, it became a logical read for me.

I continue to be amazed at the courage and strength of American women and men. The resolve and the determination of generations before us are an inspiration of what our country was built on. In a time when black people, black wome
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Andrea Davis Pinkney knows how to put together a powerful picture book. It helps that her story is about a strong, amazing woman and is accompanied by beautiful illustrations. I really felt that the pastel, sketch-like illustrations complimented the text well and brought Andrea's words to focus. This book would be a great read aloud not just for the wonderful writing or the beautiful illustrations, but for how they work together.

This picture
Very interesting biography of Sojourner Truth. It tells a bit about her childhood in slavery, her escape and then about her work as an abolitionist and working for equal rights for women. The theme of her large feet, her stepping and stomping as she worked in the fields, as she escaped to freedom and as she stood up for what she believed in is carried throughout the book.

Several things impressed me. Sojourner couldn't read or write, but her friend Olive Gilbert (who wrote down Sojourner's story)
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 “A ...more
I read this book around a half hour ago. What was most valuable to me was the women's rights discussion near the end, particularly the arguments that men used to justify their oppression of women. Sojourner Truth's response was powerful.

I'm glad that there are books being published about African Americans such as Sojourner Truth because too many times children learn about Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks and that's it. Black History is American History and should not be confined to a few mid-20
Ariana Thomas

Reading Level –
Lexile: 650L

Genre: Biography, Picture Book
Main Characters: The Jolly Postman,
Setting: America
POV: narrator

This powerful biography offers the remarkable story of the life of Sojourner Truth. Written with poetic prose, this resource tells an incredibly deep true tale of a strong individual who faced the cruel history of being born into slavery. As an incredible role model and heroin, Sojourner Truth is a perfect historical figure to study in any grade, although I would recommend u
This is a story about a girl name Isabella. She was born into slavery and lived with her parents until she was nine. She grew to be very tall and strong which slave owners found to be useful and made her of greater value. Eventually she was sold and separated from her family. She had two other masters after that. One master named John Dumont saw how capable she was and told her that if she worked really hard that he would set her free. He didn't keep his promise and Belle had had enough. She dec ...more
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride book is a short biography. This book is intended for children ages 5 through 9, which is mainly (P) Primary age range from 5 through 8, but extends a little into the (I) Intermediate age from 8 through 12 years old.

This book is about the life of Belle, better known as Sojourner Truth. It tells of her beginning through her first taste of real freedom and discovering that she had much to say a lot to do concerning the rights of blacks and women. It also tells a
Also a picture book

Age: 5-8 years
Media: Watercolor and quill and ink

An excellent summation of Sojourner's life from "the ugly way of slavery," to the Quaker couple who freed her, to her "Ain't I a woman?" speech at a women's rights conference. Provides a good background of her strong, determined self that helps explain her willingness to speak out in front of adversity. This book also highlights Sojourner's particular contribution to civil rights (as a women's rights activist).

Because it follow
Gracie Guagenti
The story of Sojourner Truth's life as told through a lyrical text. This book uses repeated text such as "big, beautiful, black" and "Bam, bam, bam" to paint the picture in the reader's mind of a woman who wasn't afraid of anything. The illustrations are beautiful and are able to add depth to the text. This book would be good during a read aloud in younger grades, or as an informational text for older grades.
This book doesn't just tell the story of Sojourner's life, it captures her spirit and passion as she gives her famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech. The author writes that she is "Big. Black. Beautiful. True." and goes on to beautifully describe Sojourner's truth. The book also includes White allies who helped Sojourner escape slavery. The back of the book has more information about Sojourner and a bibliography of other resources.

This could be a good companion read with Sojourner Truth--Ain't I a Wo
Crystal Marcos
I checked out this book at the library and was so excited to read it. I will admit I knew very little about Sojourner Truth before hand and I wanted to learn. Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, wife and husband who are both acclaimed artists teamed up to create this story. The illustrations were different and interesting. I loved the opening page it was so powerful. But ultimately when I was done reading this book, I felt I still didn’t grasp who Sojourner really was. I thought the story wa ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This book sure did make me want to read more about the life of this remarkable woman! I had no idea she was physically so tall--over 6 feet. I like the way Pinkney tells the tale, almost as if Sojourner herself were telling it. For example, "As she traveled, she learned even more about the meaning of freedom. She found that freedom is not a place. Freedom is the fire that burns inside. And Sojourner Truth, she was full of fire." Almost reads like poetry, or prose poetry. Pinkney includes further ...more
Kate Hastings
Dec 04, 2009 Kate Hastings rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades 3-7, equality, tolerance, biography
A POWERFUL story. Sojourner had a challenging life. First she was a slave-- sold away from her parents. She was promised to be set free if she worked hard enough, but he did not honor the promise, so she ran away to the free north. There she preached and worked with the abolitionist movement-- but even in the North she encountered prejudice against women. And she wasn't going to hear it!

"you say women need to be helped into carriages and lifted over ditches. Nobody ever helps me into carriages--
Rebecca Plaza
Sure communication of the essence of a remarkable woman. Gives strong context to her well-know words-Ain't I a Woman?
Deb Carter
A wonderful book about Sojourner Truth and the gift God gave her to speak the truth wherever she went.
Feb 17, 2010 Dawn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades 1-5
The story of Sojourner Truth is both heartbreaking and inspiring. My first grader is just starting to learn about the civil rights movement. He's learned about MLK and Rosa Parks but I wanted to delve more into the topic at home with him. This book should be read aloud as if with the passion of Sojourner Truth herself.

My 6 year old had no trouble understanding the story except for the section referring to the bible. We are not Christian so he hasn't been exposed to the language being used here.
The author was selected for the 2013 Arbuthnont Honor Lecture Award. She will give her lecture in 2014.

In the poetic voice of the author and the lively illustrations of her husband we meet an amazing women who loved God and the Bible and the Truth. She was courageous and determined to tell people her story of escape from the dreadful life of slavery and about the cause of freedom and equality for all, for all non-whites and for all women. Hopefully all children will be exposed to her story and h
I enjoyed this picture book biography, and was considering reading it aloud for a presentation I'm doing, but I think the end part, while interesting, is less appropriate for reading to a public school public library audience. It is an interesting and important part of her life, and I think the contribution of the anti slavery movement to woman's rights movements is sometimes overlooked when talking to children. Still I don't know that I want to get into discussions of bible justifications with ...more
Award winners Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney tell a simple biography of one of America's most influential African-Americans, Sojourner Truth. They begin at the beginning and end at the end. Not too much detail nor too little. Just enough. Not a great read-aloud for a couple of reasons: 1) historical picture books are not exciting enough for read alouds, 2) southern dialect is used in some places that could cause read-aloud readers to stumble if they haven't practiced extensively.
Destinee Sutton
I was ready to completely love this book until a colleague pointed out that Sojourner Truth's famouse "Ain't I Woman" speech, which is used heavily in the book, is now thought to be a very embellished version of the original. I'm a little disappointed that the authors didn't note that at the end of the book, especially since we keep this book in biographies, not fiction.

Otherwise, awesome book.
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Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book Duke Ellington, illustrated by Brian Pinkney; Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and winner of the Carter G. Woodson Award; and Alvin Ailey, a Parenting Publication Gold medal winne ...more
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