A courageous slave girl plays an unusual part in the Underground Railroad; in a starred review, PW said, "This first-rate book is a triumph of the heart." Ages 5-10.
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-- Clara, a young slave, works as a seamstress and dreams of freedom. Overhearing drovers talk of escaping North enables her to make a patchwork map of the area. When she escapes, she leaves the quilt behind to guide others. Based on a true event, this is a well-written picture book. Ransome's oil paintings, however, are perhaps too smooth and rich for the story they tell. The world depicted is too bright, open, and clean. For example, in the first scene Clara has been put to work in the cotton fields. Supposedly too frail to last long at such work, she is pictured as a slim, serious, yet sturdy girl. The bright yellow sky and the charming smile of the boy with her belie the realities of the back-breaking work. In another scene, young Jack, who has been brought back the day before from running away, looks solemn, but not distressed, and is wearing what appears to be a freshly ironed white shirt. Again, the image distances viewers from the realities of the situation. Clara's escape to Canada, too, is marvelously easy, although she does say, "But not all are as lucky as we were, and most never can come." It is not easy to present the horrors of slavery to young children; thus, even though Ransome's illustrations, and to some extent the text, err on the side of caution, this is an inspiring story worth inclusion in most collections. --Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Read the American quilting society's article debunking the quilting code. overall this is good book for stimulating the imaginationPublished 2 months ago by jacqueline felix
I realize this is fiction, and as such it is a good story, but their really were never any freedom quilts. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rose Scarlet
Wonderful story brings a young slave's experiences to life. Accent-filled dialogue adds extra dimension to this selection.Published 4 months ago by Juliette Bettencourt
Great book to read aloud. It is a nice story with an important lesson.Published 6 months ago by Dulcinea
This was a child's book but it touched my heart, I don't know if I could read it outloud to my children without crying. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rosa Cline
Great boom, filled with suspenses and critical thinking for students to stay engaged.Published 12 months ago by nakia