Soonie's great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, and with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She pieced together bright patches with names like North Star and Crossroads, patches with secret meanings made into quilts called... show more
Soonie's great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, and with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She pieced together bright patches with names like North Star and Crossroads, patches with secret meanings made into quilts called Show Ways -- maps for slaves to follow to freedom. When she grew up and had a little girl, she passed on this knowledge. And generations later, Soonie -- who was born free -- taught her own daughter how to sew beautiful quilts to be sold at market and how to read. From slavery to freedom, through segregation, freedom marches and the fight for literacy, the tradition they called Show Way has been passed down by the women in Jacqueline Woodson's family as a way to remember the past and celebrate the possibilities of the future. Beautifully rendered in Hudson Talbott's luminous art, this moving, lyrical account pays tribute to women whose strength and knowledge illuminate their daughters' lives.
Publish date: September 8th 2005
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages no: 48
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, African American
, American History
, Picture Books
, Multicultural Literature
Jacqueline Woodson books are not easy to review. Given their length, it may make you think otherwise, but the words of other writers don't do them justice. It's hard to deny that the woman has a way with words, and her devoted fans would continue to flock to her work even if she came out with a 600+...
Confusing yet sweet story of several generations of women who quilt, and who are either slaves or descendants of slaves. Show way quilts are one of the motifs, the quilts that mapped the way out of slavery for escapees, but for me at least, there was way too much unstated. The book's designed to be ...