Quilt of States: Piecing Together America

Quilt of States: Piecing Together America

by Adrienne Yorinks
     
 

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Statehood is something Americans don't think about much these days. But for 172 years, the process was in the public eye. Maps changed, stars were added to the flag, new people became full citizens of our republic. States weren't added automatically. The state-to-be had to fulfill requirements. Some were eager for statehood. Some were reluctant. All of them, in the…  See more details below

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Statehood is something Americans don't think about much these days. But for 172 years, the process was in the public eye. Maps changed, stars were added to the flag, new people became full citizens of our republic. States weren't added automatically. The state-to-be had to fulfill requirements. Some were eager for statehood. Some were reluctant. All of them, in the end, decided to try, and all that tried were admitted. Once, in the biggest rift in U.S. history, 11 states changed their minds about being part of the United States of America, and the rest went to war to force them to rejoin.

In Quilt of States, 50 librarians offer close-up looks at their own states and the events that led them to join the Union. Look up your state, a state you plan to visit, or a state that interests you. Or let these quilts take you on a stroll through the history of the United States, from Delaware (the first) to Hawaii (the last). Just as Adrienne Yorinks has stitched together scraps of many different fabrics to make the illustrations in this book, so the 50 states, each with its own personality, have joined together to form the most powerful country in the world.

Featuring quilt maps of all 50 states and of the whole country at several points in its development, as well as a state-by-state fast-fact section at the back of the book, Quilt of States is perfect for history buffs, state-fact hounds, quilt lovers, report writers, and browsers of all descriptions.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Highlighting the unique qualities of each of our fifty states, the reader is led through the formation of our nation with exquisite quilt pieces and succinct text. This chronological journey begins with a quote from the Congressional Quarterly's Desk Reference on States describing the steps necessary for admittance to the Union, and a brief "Historical Introduction" explaining the process of arrival of European settlers, the abuse of Native Americans, the early wars with Britain, and the writing of the Constitution. Each state is then presented in the order in which it was admitted to the Union. A two-page spread features a quilt design with the map shape of the state showing the state capital and appropriate emblems, such as major crops, wild and domestic animals, fish, trees, flowers, and landmarks. A paragraph of pertinent information written by a librarian from the state provides facts about the history of the state and its admittance to the Union. States and territories are grouped into historic eras, such as the original thirteen states in 1790, the Louisiana Purchase, the Missouri Compromise, and the Mexican War. Each addition to the country is depicted in a quilted map, as is the division of the states during the Civil War. The final quilt piece shows the United States as it exists today in one color. Canada, Mexico, and Cuba are shown in contrasting colors. Endpapers include facts for each state, notes about the librarian contributors, a note from the author, and an index. An attractive addition to collections about U. S. history. 2005, National Geographic, Ages 7 to 14.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-8-The United States is stitched together chronologically in this stunning book that features a quilted spread for each state. Yorinks enlisted a librarian from each state to contribute a short entry to point up a few significant facts that add to the tapestry of the emerging nation. Readers will learn, for example, that in 1732, James Oglethorpe wanted to establish a refuge for debtors and a slave-free state, but despite his best intentions, Georgia soon began using slave labor. Also, "President Abraham Lincoln wanted Nevada to become a state for two reasons-most residents favored the Union and opposed slavery, and Nevada's silver could help pay for war expenses." "A Historical Introduction" and "A Note from the Author/Illustrator" explain the artist's process in selecting contributors to the book and in choosing appropriate fabrics for each state. An appendix of "State Facts" includes the date each entered the Union along with state symbols, a fun fact, and its claim to fame. The quilted representations are not only artistically intricate and beautiful, but also informative. A handsome book to linger over and learn from.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792272854
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
10/11/2005
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,265,074
Product dimensions:
8.87(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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