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Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Reading Rainbow Books) Paperback – July 10, 1995
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Clara, a slave girl under the age of twelve, was sent away from her mother to another plantation to work in the fields and pick cotton. She makes friends with Young Jack who sees that she's unhappy and not eating and advises her that she must eat to have the strength to be a field worker. Clara now shares a cabin with an older woman, who is kind to her and though unrelated, is called Aunt Rachel.
Aunt Rachel also sees that Clara may not be strong enough to be a field laborer, and over a period of time teaches Clara the art of sewing. Once she can learn to sew, she can work with Rachel at the Big House. Clara proves to be an apt pupil and eventually becomes a seamstress and goes to work for the mistress of the plantation.
The sewing room is next to the kitchen so that Clara meets a lot of people who move around the countryside. She also hears stories about the Underground Railroad, which is a group of people who help slaves to escape. As Clara listens to the people talking, she begins to question them about the surrounding land and decides to make a map out of sewing scraps. Eventually the quilt map is completed and Clara and Jack are ready to leave the plantation and go north to find the Ohio River, and head for Canada. Since Clara had memorized the quilt map, she left it behind so that others could use it too, and escape to the North.
The illustrations by James Ransome are excellent.Read more ›
Sweet Clara was a very brave girl. She really wants to get back to her mother. Sometimes I like to make quilts just like Clara. I like it when Clara starts making the freedom quilt.But I do not like it when Young Jack escapes too see Sweet Clara.
I did like the book ,because it was freeing the slaves.
This is book would be a great tool for opening up a discussion about why people say one thing when they really mean something else entirely. Also, this book is great for discussing ways of "escaping" authority and subverting roles of apparent compliance.
Sweet Clara deserves a place on the bookshelves of young revolutionaries worldwide.
A young girl is separated from her Momma to be a cotton picker-field worker. But the older woman slave started caring for her and eventually taught her to sew, being patient with her due to her sore swollen hands. She eventually was able to get Clara into the 'Big House' as a seamstress. As Clara listened to all the coming and goings she picked up on what the Underground Railroad was and eventually thought to made a 'map' that was a quilt. That to someone that didn't know what it was was just a pretty quilt. But it was a map to the house for the Underground Railroad. She and another young slave was able to escape but she did not want to take the quilt due to the bad memories it would bring to her. But she left it behind and many, many peple would stop in and remember the map that Clara made...
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Used this for a quilt project at school. The 7th graders had to read books, analyze them, and make a baby quilt to be donated. Love doing this unit.Published 3 months ago by Engtchr
Nice story. I bought this for all the kids I know and quilters too.Published 4 months ago by c finnell
The story is hard to see. You can not read words, there is no way to change font size on picture books.Published 5 months ago by tamla
This book was a great introduction to the Underground railroad and Freedom Quilts. My 5th graders loved it!!!Published 5 months ago by Samantha LeBlanc
A wonderful story with beautiful illustrations to introduce my grandchildren to life in the 1800's.Published 7 months ago by V. Carnegie