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Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

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Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

By James E. Ransome (Illustrator); Deborah Hopkinson

Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780679823117, 40pp.

Publication Date: January 14, 2003

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Description

As a seamstress in the Big House, Clara is luckier than the slaves who work the fields. Still, she dreams of a reunion with her Momma, who lives on another plantation–and even of running away to freedom. Then she hears two slaves talking about how they could find the Underground Railroad if only they had a map. In a flash of inspiration, Clara sees how she can use the cloth in her scrap bag to make a map of the land–a freedom quilt–that no master will ever suspect. Drawn from true incidents in African-American history, this is a compelling and emotionally charged picture book.



Praise For Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

"A particularly effective way to introduce the subject to younger children, adding a trenchant immediacy to their understanding of a difficult but important chapter in the country's past."--(starred) Horn Book.

"This first-rate book is a triumph of the heart."--(starred) Publishers Weekly.

“Straightforward and inspiring . . . vivid and textured paintings support the words well.” –The New York Times

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