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Grade 3-8–The United States is stitched together chronologically in this stunning book that features a quilted spread for each state. Yorinks enlisted a librarian from each state to contribute a short entry to point up a few significant facts that add to the tapestry of the emerging nation. Readers will learn, for example, that in 1732, James Oglethorpe wanted to establish a refuge for debtors and a slave-free state, but despite his best intentions, Georgia soon began using slave labor. Also, President Abraham Lincoln wanted Nevada to become a state for two reasons–most residents favored the Union and opposed slavery, and Nevada's silver could help pay for war expenses. A Historical Introduction and A Note from the Author/Illustrator explain the artist's process in selecting contributors to the book and in choosing appropriate fabrics for each state. An appendix of State Facts includes the date each entered the Union along with state symbols, a fun fact, and its claim to fame. The quilted representations are not only artistically intricate and beautiful, but also informative. A handsome book to linger over and learn from.–Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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Gr. 5-8. Yorinks and a posse of librarians and other contributors take a cheery look at the formation of the U.S. Each state, starting from the first, Delaware, and proceeding to Hawaii, the last, gets a double-page spread. Yorinks quilts an image of each state, its capital indicated by a star, surrounded by "conversational prints," patterned fabrics that reflect the state's history or products, and a floral with the state flower. A state native or a local librarian writes a paragraph about how the state came into the union, often with a fact or two about the politics involved. Periodically, a map of the entire U.S. up to that historical point appears, quilted of course, delineating the Louisiana Purchase, the Missouri Compromise, and so on. Yorinks notes she never uses an image twice, and engaged readers will see that though cows loom large in many states' histories, they are all different. Many of the librarians whose writing appears here will be familiar to readers of library literature and reviewing media. Charming in multiple ways. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; 1St Edition edition (October 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792272854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792272854
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Author Adrienne Yorinks and fifty librarians across the United States have literally stitched together an exquisite, exceptional creation.

The book begins with a historical introduction. After briefly chronicling the arrival of the first Europeans up to the creation of the U.S. Constitution, Yorinks notes, "[E]ventually, all 13 former Colonies ratified the Constitution and joined a new nation. It would take more than 170 years from the creation of the first state for the U.S. to become the 50 states that it is today. Every state has had its own unique path to statehood. This is their story."

Each state is given its own double-page spread, beginning with the "First State," Delaware, and ending with the "Aloha State," Hawaii. Each spread features a colorful, illustrative quilt piece created by Ms. Yorinks as well as a brief state history written by a librarian from that particular state.

Readers will find appended four pages of state facts and an index. In the author/illustrator's note, Ms. Yorinks writes, "My goal was to create something special, something truly unique." In that she has succeed spectacularly! This is not just a book, but a work of art that is sure to become a classroom classic.

A definite "must-have." Suitable for district-wide purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on February 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Rebeccasreads highly recommends QUILTS OF STATES as a superb way to learn both the history of how America came into being, the geography of our country & the bright & charming uses of quilting montages with brief stories as told by librarians of each state.

QUILTS OF STATES has an historical introduction with each state listed according to when they joined the Union, with two page quilts for how our nation looked in 1790, after the Louisianna Purchase, the Missouri Compromise, the Mexican War, Secession & the later inclusion of Alaska & Hawaii.

A magnificent addition to libraries of both patriots & quilters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Travellini on October 6, 2007
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My late sister wrote the New Mexico segment of this book. Her publisher's copy arrived just days before she passed and we were charmed that she could be a part of such an amazing project. The illustrations are beautiful - the book is a "must" for quilters, libarians, and all children learning about their states. You won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joan E. Aitken on January 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This unique idea provides a quilt to represent each state, with an explanatory text about the state, each written by one of "50 librarians from across the nation." Another interesting National Geographic book for children. The teacher might be able to obtain and bring in some actual quilts and talk about the reality and symbolism of quilt making communities.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annette Johnson on April 12, 2009
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I really like ordering from amazon they're promp products are in very good condition i'm forever telling other people to buy from amazon.amazon is very reasonable. Annette
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