So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom

Gary D. Schmidt, illus. by Daniel Minter. Roaring Brook, $18.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-62672-872-1
Schmidt tells the powerful story of Sojourner Truth (born Isabella), highlighting the context of her courageous actions: “When Isabella was about nine, she was sold for a hundred dollars—along with a flock of sheep.” After a lifetime of slavery, Isabella escaped, yet her five-year-old son was sent to the South, leading her to travel across New York to speak to the Grand Jury. Minter paints luminously, alternating between full-bleed spreads and dreamlike vertical images. At the denouement, Schmidt describes how Isabella took on the name of Sojourner Truth as she embarked on her walking journey to denounce slavery: “In Freedom Time, when Hope kindled a fire in the dark and Happiness winked over the horizon.” A soaring poetic tribute to a human rights champion. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/16/2018
Release date: 09/25/2018
Genre: Children's
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