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Most Loved in All the World Hardcover – December 20, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (December 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618419039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618419036
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3–6—A slave mother creates a quilt to guide and comfort her young daughter, whom she is sending to freedom along the Underground Railroad. In a straightforward, heartfelt story written in dialect, Hegamin shows that a woman can love her child dearly yet still give her up, in the youngster's best interest. An author's note explains that debates over the authenticity of quilts used as maps continue; Hegamin states that she used the quilt as a symbol and story device. The artwork matches the tone of the story well, featuring dark images interspersed with quilted blocks that bring brightness to the primitive-style paintings. Patchwork endpapers that incorporate recognizable quilt blocks add to the homespun feel of the story. Paired with Deborah Hopkinson's Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Knopf, 2003), this book would be a useful discussion point for supplementing Underground Railroad units.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
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A young girl knows that “Mama works hard in the field,” but the full reality of their lives as slaves is unclear to her. She knows Mama picks cotton; she knows she salves Mama’s hands at night. She also knows that Mama has been spending a lot of time lately cutting pieces of cloth to stitch together pictures for a quilt. After coming home one night bloody from a whipping, Mama removes her ruined red shirt and cuts from it a heart, adding it to her designs. A late-night rendezvous reveals that the quilt’s images are to serve as instructions to help the daughter escape through the Underground Railroad: “a log cabin for safety / a star to follow / moss on the trees to lead. / And in the middle, a little girl so happy, surrounded by a worn and tattered heart.” Cabrera’s artwork matches textured, muddy paintings—the dark, anonymous dots of hunched cotton pickers is particularly affecting—with swaths of appropriately distressed cloth. An educational author’s note caps off this haunting yet hopeful presentation. Grades K-2. --Daniel Kraus

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elfdart on February 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
this was such a good story. i just flipped through it with the intention of putting it down, but it was really touching. it is a story about a girl and her mother, both of which are slaves at the time of the black slave trade, and the story is told through the eyes of the girl, who is very young and doesnt really grasp the reality of the situation. she just knows that her mother works hard in the fields and that she helps her by rubbing some salve in them at night. her mother makes quilt patches throughout the story and at the end makes a quilt for her daughter. the story ends with the mother giving the daughter to group of people in the underground railroad so that she'll maybe have a better life somewhere else. it was pretty sad, but good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vicki A. Kroiss on June 6, 2010
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I believe because I am a quilter, I enjoyed this book and the artwork, but my class, overall, was not taken with it. When I finished reading it aloud to them they pretty much just wanted to move on to something else. It was difficult to illicit any input about connections or opinions on it.
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This book is beautifully written! The story is a poem that describes a heart-wrenching tale of the love between a mother and child and the immense sacrifices a mother will make in her child's best interest. Although you may cry when reading it, it is an excellent tool to teach your children about the suffering that others are subjected to in unjust times in a way that your child will understand. Because the story is based in such powerful love, may be used as a springboard to talk about compassion for others and how our decisions affect other people. The author writes a helpful explanation of how to use this book as a teaching tool. The illustrations are also gorgeous.
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