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I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery [Hardcover]

Cynthia Grady , Michele Wood

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Book Description

Oct. 25 2011
This rich and intricate collection of poems chronicles the various experiences of American slaves. Drawn together through imagery drawn from quilting and fiber arts, each poem is spoken from a different perspective: a house slave, a mother losing her daughter to the auction block, a blacksmith, a slave fleeing on the Underground Railroad. This moving and eloquent set of poems, brought to life by vivid and colorful artwork from Michele Wood, offers a timeless witness to the hardship endured by America?'s slaves. Each poem is supplemented by a historical note.

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  • Hardcover: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (Oct. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802853862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802853868
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 23.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #758,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children Jan. 8 2012
By Yana V. Rodgers - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching Quilt Artwork - powerful poems April 20 2012
By KQuilter - Published on Amazon.com
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful work... Jan. 17 2012
By remembertobreathe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
...in 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sorrows, small joys, and fabulous poems Dec 15 2013
By LP Salas - Published on Amazon.com
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:>)
5.0 out of 5 stars I lay mt stitches down July 12 2013
By Nora R. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Greatt book! It was everything I thought it would be and more? I wish there was a second series to this book.

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