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.
This is a fantastic book about Sojourner Truth that marries beautiful illustrations and storytelling to convey a poignant tale. The content isn’t graphic, but because it does deal with the issue of slavery some material may still be too sensitive for the youngest readers (being separated from your family as a child to be sold into slavery, being beaten, etc.) The text is on the longer side too, so I would personally recommend this for readers who are on the older end of picture book reading all the way up to adults!
Gary D. Schmidt is the author of more than fifteen books for children and young adults including Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor, and The Wednesday Wars, which received a Newbery Honor. He lives in Alto, Michigan.