Sweet Clara and the freedom quilt

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Knopf, Jan 1, 1993 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Illus. in full color. As a seamstress in the Big House, Clara dreams of a reunion with her Momma, who lives on another plantation--and even of running away to freedom. Then she overhears two slaves talking about the Underground Railroad. 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. "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.  

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

When Sweet Clara, not yet 12, is taken from her mother and sent from North Farm to Home Plantation as a field hand, she's put in the care of ``Aunt Rachel,'' not ``my for-real blood aunt, but she did ... Read full review

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Many years ago, I purchased this book as part of our homeschooling curriculum. It stands out in my mind as being one of the best books I purchased to help my children understand the concept of prejudice, slavery, oppression, and exploitation of African Americans. We had moved to the South, where these incomprehensible 'issues' took on new meaning. I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to help their younger children understand what an atrocity this time in our history represents. It is a gentle book, but one which makes an important impression. 


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About the author (1993)

Born in North Carolina, James Ransome is a graduate of the Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration.  While still a student at Pratt, James was one of twelve finalists out of two thousand selected to illustrate the annual Citibank calendar.
After graduation, James continued to study painting at the Art Students League where his entry
into the Society of Illustrators Annual Student Scholarship Competition received the Jellybean
Currently a member of the Society of Illustrators, James has illustrated numerous books for children, including Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt and Freedom's Fruit.  His illustrations also appear on book jackets, greeting cards, puzzles and shopping bags, as well as in magazines and calendars.
One of James's paintin

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