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Posted March 31, 2010
Hegamin takes the troubling topic of slavery and shines the tender light of hope upon it. The vivid illustrations, a mix of paintings and textile in the shape of quilt squares, are sure to capture the attention of the book's young readers.
This book tells the story of a little slave girl who watches the pain and anguish her mother endures as a result of slavery. She sees the horrors the slaves go through every day, and yet she finds joy in the quilt blocks that her mother is making. As her mother sews, she tells the little girl the story of each block. A log cabin is for safety. The brightest star is for you to follow. The slave girl's favorite quilt block is the one of the little girl who is the most loved in all the world. The mother is making this quilt to help those who are escaping on the Underground Railroad. The mother does not leave slavery on the Underground Railroad, but makes a choice to stay in slavery and help others escape. The story is written appropriately for young children and is a good discussion starter about slavery. The beautiful pictures illustrate the story superbly. The paintings and textiles together bring life to the little slave girl and the quilt that her mother is making.
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Posted November 28, 2009
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