Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist
Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist
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Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist

Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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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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    Book Details

    ISBN
    9780385754620
    Publication Date
    October 13, 2015
    Page Count
    40
    Audience
    Picture
    Reading Age
    4 - 8 years
    Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
    2013037480
    ASIN/ISBN 10
    0385754620
    Lexile® Level
    850L
    Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
    ~T
    Est. ATOS® Book Level
    ~5.4

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