Auto boutiques-francophones Simple and secure cloud storage Personal Care Furniture Music Deals Store Fall Tools
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
I Lay My Stitches Down: P... has been added to your Cart
+ CDN$ 6.49 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Our books ship from the USA and delivery time is 2 to 3 weeks.  Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. With pride from Motor City. All books guaranteed.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery Hardcover – Oct 25 2011

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
"Please retry"
CDN$ 22.99
CDN$ 15.67 CDN$ 3.79

Fall Reading for Kids and Teens

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Product Details

Product Description


"Booklist" "Each of [Grady's] free-verse poems about the African slave experience consists of 10 lines of 10 syllables that, as laid out on the page, mimic the square shape of a quilt block. They also include three references to spirituality, music, and fabric arts that reflect the three layers of a quilt. . . . Wood's intricate illustrations reflect folk art motifs and vibrantly express the rich culture of African American slaves." "Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) "A powerful grouping of thought-provoking poems and brilliantly designed paintings." "School Library Journal" (starred review) "This ambitious work offers a bit of poetry, history, folk art, quilting, religion and more. It will definitely fill a niche in libraries." "The Horn Book" "A stunning achievement for both author and artist." "Publishers Weekly" "Newcomer Grady's compact poems about the lives of slaves cover an emotional range from gossamer ("Like the wren's/ song, she hits the grace note just so") to leaden ("drag my heart clean/ out of my chest"). . . . The notes anticipate classroom use, where discussion will arise from the varied aspects of slavery companionship between the master's children and slave children, early horse racing's domination by slave labor, and more that Grady covers in this well-researched collection." "Christian Library Journal" "Grady does an excellent job of sensitively portraying the harsh realities of slave life through the heartbreaking beauty of poetry that is simple on the surface but complex and purposeful in structure, content, and theme. . . . This compilation of poetry is moving and rich in substance.""

About the Author

Cynthia Grady is a poet and a librarian at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C."I Lay My Stiches Down"is her first published book. In her spare time, Cynthia quilts. Visit her website Michele Wood is a painter, illustrator, designer, and writer. She received the American Book Award for her first book, "Going Back Home, "and the Coretta Scott King Award for the illustration in her book"I See the Rhythm."Michele lives in Georgia. Visit her website"

Inside This Book

(Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 7 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children Jan. 8 2012
By Yana V. Rodgers - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Fourteen poems convey a kaleidoscope of emotions and situations experienced by enslaved people in the United States before the Civil War. Intense pain, grief, hope, and faith accompanied the forced labor, family separations, spiritual celebrations, and dreams of freedom that so many lived through. Each poem captures these ideas with a quilt block structure of ten lines of ten syllables of unrhymed verse. To add another dimension to the quilt structure, each poem has a reference to three themes: spirituality, music, and fiber arts. Enriching the artistic merit of this book are gorgeous bold paintings that further engage the reader with the historical narrative. The book provides educators and parents with an alternative art form for teaching young learners about slavery, racial inequality, and social justice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Touching Quilt Artwork - powerful poems April 20 2012
By KQuilter - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It's too limiting to say this is a children's picture book. Michele Wood is outdone herself with each illustration that accompanies Cynthia Grady's poems and time period explanation. This book makes an outstanding adult gift for quilters given Wood's powerful and memorable artwork. She captures the spirit of quilting and its rhythm and of the late John Biggers. I especially enjoy the cover piece (Basket) of the quilter stitching a patchwork square as well as the matron quilting that goes with the Cotton Boll poem. Well done!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful work... Jan. 17 2012
By remembertobreathe - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase so many ways. Wood's paintings are lovely and lively companions to Grady's evocative, lyrical, heartwarming and heart-rending poems. The supplemental material is educational without being didactic, the verses inspirational without a trace of the maudlin -- there are no false notes in this gorgeous and moving book.
Great sorrows, small joys, and fabulous poems Dec 15 2013
By LP Salas - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful collection of poems told mostly in the voices of individual slaves. Many of the poems feature the heartbreak of losing loved ones to the auction block, being consigned to the fields for dropping dishes, and being whipped. But there are moments of joy, too--the white schoolteacher who notices the slave children outside and teaches loudly, with the windows open so that they can hear; "singing up a frenzy of song!"; following the North Star to freedom. The poems reference spirituality and fabric arts, and a prose note accompanies each poem. This collection makes a really hard topic accessible to fairly young kids. And it's just a fabulous book:>)
Stitches To Not Rip Out Feb. 27 2013
By Lady Dragon - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Quilts tell stories. Stories of the time, place, person or persons making the quilt. It is a great way to introduce children and adults to history.