Sweet Clara and the freedom quilt
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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SWEET CLARA AND THE FREEDOM QUILTUser 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
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.