Friday, July 20, 2012

Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride written Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney is the biography of Sojourner Truth.  Born as slave in 1797, her master named her Isabella.  Sojourner worked hard.  She was strong both physically and mentally.  She was six feet tall with size twelve feet as a child.  Because of her strength and size she was viewed as a valuable slave and was sold often to different masters.  Her master John Dumont promised her freedom is she worked hard, so she did though he never followed through with his promise.  When she realized he was never going to give her freedom, she ran away.  She ran to a farm owned by a quaker family that were abolitionists.  Dumont eventually caught up with her but the farmers bought her freedom. 
            Once free, she went on to New York City and became a made, a job where she earned her own money for the first time.  Soon she changed her name to Sojourner Truth and started speaking to others about freedom.  Together with a friend named Olive Gilbert, the sorry of her childhood was written as a book, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth:  A Northern Slave.  Everywhere she went she spoke about the evils of slavery and the need for freedom for all the slaves.  She also spoke out in favor of equal rights for females.  She was known for her powerful and passionate speeches in favor of freedom for all.  Great introduction to biographies for elementary students.  

Illustrations:  4 Buckeye leaves
Text:  4 Buckeye leaves

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