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Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth

Written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by R Gregory Christie
Published by Alfred A. Knopf
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40
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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.

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Who Wrote Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth

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Anne Rockwell

Anne Rockwell (1934-2018) created 200 beloved picture books, as author, illustrator and collaborator during a prolific career that lasted six decades. Her topics ranged from board books for babies to biographies for young adults. She was a self taught artist who also made sculptures, needlepoint tapestries, and fine art paintings in oil and watercolor. She collaborated as author with many illustrators, including her husband, Harlow Rockwell and her daughter, Lizzy Rockwell.

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Who Illustrated Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth

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R Gregory Christie

R. Gregory Christie has illustrated over forty books and is the recipient of numerous awards including the NAACP’s Image Award in Illustration. His books include Bad News for Outlaws and Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. He lives in Georgia.

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  • 2000 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
0679891862
ISBN 13:
9780679891864
Publication Date:
December 1, 2000