Only Passing Through (Library Binding)

The Story of Sojourner Truth

By Anne Rockwell, R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780679991861, 40pp.

Publication Date: December 26, 2000

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Hardcover (12/26/2000)

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A powerful picture book biography of one of the abolitionist movement's most compelling voices.

Sojourner Truth traveled the country in the latter half of the 19th century, speaking out against slavery. She told of a slave girl who was sold three times by age 13, who was beaten for not understanding her master's orders, who watched her parents die of cold and hunger when they could no longer work for their keep. Sojourner's simple yet powerful words helped people to understand the hideous truth about slavery. The story she told was her own.

Only Passing Through is the inspiring story of how a woman, born a slave with no status or dignity, transformed herself into one of the most powerful voices of the abolitionist movement. Anne Rockwell combines her lifelong love of history with her well-known skill as a storyteller to create this simple, affecting portrait of an American icon.

About the Author

Anne Rockwell has been an innovator in children's books for more than 30 years and has written well over 100 books.

Gregory Christie's first book, "The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children," received a Coretta Scott King Honor for illustration in 1997.