WHEN HARRIET MET SOJOURNER by Catherine Clinton

WHEN HARRIET MET SOJOURNER

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Age Range: 7 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

A patchwork motif visually pieces together the stories of the two redoubtable abolitionists, who met only once—in Boston in 1864—but who shared a passionate mission. Side text panels relate, in alternating spreads, the lives of Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. Clinton uses vivid language to sketch the broad outlines of their beginnings in slavery and their later careers as speaker for abolition and conductor on the Underground Railroad: “Isabella [Sojourner Truth] was tired of waiting, and broke the chains herself. She walked out and left slavery behind.” Evans’s mixed-media illustrations cleanly incorporate such textures as fabric and broad paint strokes, individual figures outlined with quick black lines that provide definition. The images themselves are expressive—a monumental Truth cradles a baby, a confident-looking Tubman holds a Union courier bag against a Stars-and-Stripes backdrop—and are “stitched” to the text panels. The actual meeting takes up only three spreads and is of necessity imagined (there is no written account), which results in something of an anticlimax, given the build-up. It’s a nifty idea, but, alas, the vessel is somewhat stronger than its story. (Picture book/fictionalized nonfiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-06-050425-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2007




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