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Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria by [Hicks, Kyra E.]
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Martha Ann is twelve years old when Papa finally saves enough money to purchase her freedom from slavery. In 1830, the family leaves east Tennessee to begin a new life in Liberia. On market days, Martha Ann watches the British navy patrolling the Liberian coast to stop slave catchers from kidnapping her family and friends and forcing them back into slavery. Martha Ann decides to thank Queen Victoria in person for sending the navy. But first, she must determine how to make the 3,500-mile voyage to England, find a suitable gift for the Queen, and withstand the ridicule of family and friends who learn of her impossible dream. Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria is the true story of Martha Ann Ricks, an ex-slave who spent fifty years saving spare coins to fulfill her dream of meeting the Queen of England.

The Kindle version includes a BONUS TEACHING GUIDE for grades 2 - 6. The Teaching Guide, has themes, key dates, discussion questions and suggested student activities, to assist with creating a lesson plan based on this true story.

About the Author

Kyra E. Hicks is a quilter, just like Martha Ann. Kyra's quilts have appeared in more than thirty exhibits in the United States and abroad. She loves historical research and rediscovering the lives of quilters past. She is the author of Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook. Kyra lives in Arlington, Virginia, where she tends her colorful, fragrant rose garden.

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Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria is a wonderful children's picture book that begs to be read aloud.

It is quite a feat to master the skill of employing just the right words that do not aim too high or too low and this is exactly what Kyra E. Hicks has accomplished as she effectively reaches her intended young audience. Her economical narrative presents the right amount of detail that keeps her readers interested with a style that is cut-to-the-chase concision.

Together with the bold and vibrant imaginative images of illustrator Lee Edward Fodi, Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria, narrates the true story of Martha Ann Ricks who was fortunate in having her father purchase her freedom when she was a slave on the Doherty Plantation in Eastern Tennessee. Martha and her family eventually find their way to Liberia in 1830 with the help of the American Colonization Society.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the American Colonization Society or as they were more fully known as "The Society for the Colonization of Free People of Color of America," this was a group of individuals that in 1817 founded Liberia on the coast of West Africa. Their mission was to transport free blacks to Liberia in an effort to remove them from the United States. In fact, according to WikiPedia, the Society closely controlled the development of Liberia until 1847, when it was declared to be an independent republic. Apparently, by 1867, there were 13,000 settlers that were sent to Liberia and Martha and her family together with these settlers were provided with money and land to build their homes, plant crops, and schooling for the children.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98fcaa50) out of 5 stars A Perfect Gift!! History and Inspiration Nov. 25 2006
By Carole - Published on
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Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria is a wonderful book for any young girl or boy. Kyra brought the story of Martha Ann and her family to life and skillfully gives us a history lesson that spans 3 continents. The book neatly illustrates the complex ties between the U.S., England and Liberia in a way that is sure to provoke many discussions for young (and old) readers. The book also deals with the horror of slavery in a sensitive way and demonstrates that slaves were sometimes able to purchase their freedom. Above all, Kyra's story shows the strong, enduring desire for freedom and education that has inspired so many African Americans from slavery through modern times. Many, many lessons can be taught around this short, but powerful, book. The story of a woman who saved pennies over the span of her lifetime to achieve her dream is relevant for so many of us who have lost sight of the power of patience, persistence and faith in one's self. I strongly urge all parents and teachers to grab a copy now and share it with young people. It should open up many great conversations!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e4fb4c) out of 5 stars A Special Gift March 20 2007
By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Kyra Hicks has written a wonderful story based on the real life of Martha Ann Ricks, who was born into slavery in Tennessee. Her father learns about the American Colonization Society, and after working several years to purchase the family's freedom, takes assistance from the group so the family can move to Liberia. Life in Liberia starts out beautifully for the family. Martha Ann is finally able to attend school, and in her spare moments learns to sew from her mother. However, tragedy strikes and Martha Ann and her brother are left to fend for themselves.

Martha Ann eventually marries. She is moved by the work of Queen Victoria and vows to someday thank her in person for all the things the queen had done for blacks. Despite ridicule from family and most of the town, she continues saving her money to pay for the trip to England. Martha Ann also decides to present a gift to the queen, a beautiful, handcrafted quilt she would make herself. Martha Ann is an old woman when she finally has the opportunity to meet the queen, but her dream is finally realized. The quilt, known as the Coffee Tree Quilt was proudly displayed and viewed by thousands of people.

At the heart, MARTHA ANN'S QUILT FOR QUEEN VICTORIA is a story of patience, perseverance, gratitude, and faith. The book highlights the impact of slavery, life in Liberia and the role the British Navy and Queen Victoria played in helping to protect free blacks from slavery. The book can be used to launch readers into countless areas of further study and discussion. The illustrations are especially important in MARTHA ANN'S QUILT FOR QUEEN VICTORIA because they allow readers to slip into the setting of the tale and also help demonstrate the passage of time, from Martha Ann's childhood to her senior years. Kyra Hicks has written a book that is not only significant for its historical value, but for its message about holding on to dreams and working to make them come true.

Reviewed by Stacey Seay

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99336c54) out of 5 stars Beautiful threads of a good story Dec 4 2006
By Anne B. Levy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This story of a freed slave who sews a quilt for England's queen is a tear-jerker of the first order, as uplifting as it is heartbraking.

We follow Martha Ann from slavery in Tennessee to freedom in Liberia. Then the British Navy begins patrolling Liberian waters to ward off slavers, and Martha Ann hits on the idea of thanking that nation's new monarch. Again, the quilting takes on a larger-than-life significance as Martha Ann's stitches her life together again and again after various tragedies and setbacks, always with the same coffee-plant pattern, always setting coins aside hoping to make that 3,500-mile trek to England.

Wow, was I rooting for poor Martha Ann. The story's told in simple, straightforward text--no fancy literary footwork here, but this gripping tale doesn't really need it. Fodi's watercolors fill in those blanks by depicting Martha Ann at work, both in the fields and over her masterpiece.

A press release I received describes Hicks' own journey into Martha Ann's life: visiting Windsor Castle, weeding through Library of Congress newspaper microfilm, interviewing distant relatives. I'm glad she was so obsessed: this true story adds a colorful piece to the patchwork of American history.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98e0f7ec) out of 5 stars Heroism's quieter side Dec 2 2006
By DBee - Published on
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Pop culture heroes in America, of which I am a great fan, tend to be violent and are often portrayed as willing to die for their cause. In Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria, the real-life heroes take the tougher road of living for that in which they believe. Martha Ann's father saves money for years to free his family from slavery; Martha Ann, the epitome of courage, survival, and growth, pursues an impossible dream to present a gift to Queen Victoria over the course of a lifetime.

Kyra Hicks' quiet heroism is evident in her brilliant research of a little-known American character that she brings to light in this adventure story. Fodi's illustrations vividly capture the dignity and inspiration of this tale and are the "icing on the cake" of this tiny literary feast.

Destined to be a classic, Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria is must-have reading for future heroes of all ages.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9915fb04) out of 5 stars History, Inspiration and the Human Spirit Dec 11 2006
By Peggie Hartwell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria is a wonderful book which is full of history, inspiration and an extraordinary example of what the human spirit can accomplish when fueled with the desire to fulfill one's dreams. This book celebrates family traditions and introduces an early example of quilt making on a historical level. Most importantly it promotes education and the importance of reading. Through Krya Hicks' words, readers become part of the life and journey of Martha Ann. This is a excellent book for elementary teachers and students.