Monday, July 2, 2012

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

Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
illustrated by Brian Pinkney
32 pages
New York: Disney Jump at the Sun Books
ISBN 9780786807673

Born a slave, the woman who would become Sojourner Truth faced many obstacles in her life -- and overcame them to stand tall and proud.

Written by the same husband-wife team that produced Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, this book has a similar strong style of vivid pencil lines and swirls of color. The protagonist is present -- and prominent -- on every single page, depicted with clear features unlike those in Sit-In. Although marketed as a book for ages 5-9, this biography of Sojourner Truth would also be perfect for a 5th-grade classroom unit on civil rights, accompanied by the full text of "Ain't I a Woman?". Resources at the back of the book give locations and dates that were left out of the narrative, and half a dozen titles for further reading. In addition to those, I would suggest Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, also by Davis Pinkney, which has fewer illustrations but plenty of text suitable for 5th grade and up.

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Media: colored pencil

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