Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
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Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride

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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
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...more
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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...more
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)...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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--...more
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....more
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...more
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.
A beautiful story of the life of Sojourner Truth and her truth, as she gives her "Ain't I A Women?" speech. I loved this book and children and students of all ages will too. The illustrations are masterfully done. It is well written as it describes the force behind the woman and the people who helped her along the way. Will definately prompt some discussion in class.
Sam Bloom
Powerful, beautifully-illustrated biography from the Pinkneys. Sojourner Truth is truly a worthy subject for a children's biography with such wide appeal, and I'm glad that this will be the introduction many children have into Sojourner's story. The whole "step-stomp-stride" parallel felt a tad forced, but other than that, not much to argue with here.
Over six feet tall with size twelve feet, Sojourner Truth made a big impact on her world. Born into slavery and eventually freed by Quakers, she felt called by God to travel the country and speak about freedom and women's rights.
This picture book biography really moves, from the flowing text to the energetic illustrations. Wonderful!
PB#44: We started this in child lit class and I wanted to check out the rest on my own to see what the rest of the book was about. I was very impressed with the innovative illustrations and creativity in the book and enjoyed the way Pinkney goes about conveying such serious elements of history in a captivating book for children. Great book!
Puja Patel
This book relates to the life of Sojourner Truth: "Big. Black. Beautiful. True. That was Sojourner." This book depicts Sojourner's rousing "And ain't I a woman?" speech at the 1851 women's rights convention in Akron, Ohio. This book will help children understand the true meaning of a hero.
Alana Graham
This is an excellent resource to use for a Social Studies lesson. This book provides great information on Sojourner Truth, but it will easily keep student interest. Great for discussing the injustice of slavery and character traits like courage, and perseverance.
Husband-and-wife team of Brian and Andrea Davis Pinkney has created a lovely children's biography of Sojourner Truth, beginning with her birth as a slave and moving to her speech at a women's rights convention in Ohio. Excellent choice for Black History Month studies.
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