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Sewing Stories : Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist
by Barbara Herkert and Vanessa Newton


Overview - An illuminating picture book biography of an artist and former slave whose patchwork quilts bring the stories of her family to life.
Harriet Powers learned to sew and quilt as a young slave girl on a Georgia plantation. She lived through the Civil War and Reconstruction, and eventually owned a cotton farm with her family, all the while relying on her skills with the needle to clothe and feed her children.
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Overview
An illuminating picture book biography of an artist and former slave whose patchwork quilts bring the stories of her family to life.
Harriet Powers learned to sew and quilt as a young slave girl on a Georgia plantation. She lived through the Civil War and Reconstruction, and eventually owned a cotton farm with her family, all the while relying on her skills with the needle to clothe and feed her children.
Later she began making pictorial quilts, using each square to illustrate Bible stories and local legends. She exhibited her quilts at local cotton fairs, and though she never traveled outside of Georgia, her quilts are now priceless examples of African American folk art.
Barbara Herkert's lyrical narrative and Vanessa Newton's patchwork illustrations bring this important artist to life in a moving picture-book biography.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385754620
  • ISBN-10: 0385754620
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Art
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Cultural Heritage
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Art - History

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Born into slavery on a Georgia plantation, Harriet Powers learned to quilt from a young age, developing into a skilled artist. Brantley-Newtons collages incorporate photographic snippets of burlap, cotton, and other textiles, while Herkert ably places Powerss life in historical context, as she was eventually forced to sell the two story quilts she created in order to make ends meet after the Civil War. The quilts themselves (which now hang in museums) get large-scale reproductions on the endpapers, as well as numbered explanations of the biblical and real-life events reflected within their panels. Ages 48. Authors agent: Karen Grencik, Red Fox Literary. Illustrators agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Oct.)

 
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