So Tall Within
Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom
Written by Gary D. Schmidt; illustrated by Daniel Minter
Roaring Brook Press
From celebrated author Gary D. Schmidt comes a picture book biography of a giant in the struggle for civil rights, perfectly pitched for readers today.
Sojourner Truth was born into slavery but possessed a mind and a vision that knew no bounds. So Tall Within traces her life from her painful childhood through her remarkable emancipation to her incredible leadership in the movement for rights for both women and African Americans. Her story is told with lyricism and pathos by Gary D. Schmidt, one of the most celebrated writers for children in the twenty-first century, and brought to life by award winning and fine artist Daniel Minter. This combination of talent is just right for introducing this legendary figure to a new generation of children.
Praise for So Tall Within
2018 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Informational Books for Young Readers
2019 NCSS and CBC's Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, Kindergarten to Second Grade readers
2019 ALSC's Notable Children's Books for Middle Readers
2020 Rise: A Feminist Book Project List
"Powerful, moving, necessary." - Kirkus, Starred Review
"A soaring poetic tribute to a human rights champion." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"A lyrical and evocative approach to [Sojourner Truth's] story." - School Library Journal
"Schmidt’s fluid prose is nicely suited to reading aloud to primary-grade audiences, but Minter’s arresting artwork extends the age range... Even picture-book collections in which [Sojourner Truth] is well represented will surely make space for this engrossing work." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A stirring introduction to an extraordinary life - Daniel Minter's paintings, in saturated tones of midnight blues and leaf browns and golds, bring it powerfully to life." - The New York Times Book Review