Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Reading…

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Reading Rainbow Books) (edition 1995)

by Deborah Hopkinson

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
6494014,860 (4.44)2
Title:Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Reading Rainbow Books)
Authors:Deborah Hopkinson
Info:Dragonfly Books (1995), Edition: 1, Paperback, 40 pages
Collections:Your library

Work details

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 2 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 37 (next | show all)
This book was about a young girl named Clara. She lived on the plantation and was a slave. But her Aunt wanted to teach her to sew instead of working outside. Clara learned to sew and make quilts, She made a quilt that moped out the way to get to the underground railroad. After that she followed her map with the help of her friend Jack. She found her mother and baby sister and led them to the underground railroad and they all were free at last.

Personal Reaction:
I think this was a really cool book that showed a different way that slaves may have gotten free. There is so many stories about the underground railroad and how people got there, but this one is a pretty interesting way!

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Have the children try and make their own mini quilt, with the help of the teacher!
2. Have the students draw out a map of what they think would lead them to the underground railroad. ( )
  Braydon1010 | Mar 23, 2015 |
When young Clara was brought to the plantation to work in the fields, Aunt Rachel decides to teach her how to stitch. She will be better to work inside the house. After Clara learns and masters sewing, she stitches a quilt with a map pattern which will help guide her and a young friend, Jack to freedom North. Both her and Jack sneak away from the plantation to find her mother first, before they would cross the Ohio River to Canada. What an inspiration book! Read more to find out what happens to the beautiful quilt that Sweet Clara stitched! For a classroom extension, identify the uses for a quilt and describe the significance of Clara's quilt, and you may also apply mapping skills to make a "quilt map" showing their route from home to the school. ( )
  Jihan0228 | Mar 22, 2015 |
This historical fiction is set during times of racial inequality. The story includes a young girl taken from her mom and used as a field hand. Her "aunt" took her under her wing and turned her into a seamstress since she knew she would never make in the fields that long. While working in the house as a seamstress she heard about the underground railroad and maps. She couldn't stop thinking about leaving this place. All she wanted was freedom. She sat in the dirt and drew a map that she knew would be washed away. While sitting there she realized she could sew a quilt that was also a map. People gave her hints and tips on where things were. Months past and the quilt grew. One day it was finished. She knew her and Little Jack were going to leave. She covered her aunt in the quilt before she left since she was too old to run a long, but never old enough to not dream. The quilt stayed at the plantation and led more and more people to slavery over the years. This woud be appropriate for upper elementary students.
  dluby17 | Mar 13, 2015 |
This was a nice story. It revolved around a slave named Clara who always dreamed of finding her mother again. Her Aunt decided to teach her how to sew so she could get moved up to the "Big House", which she did. Clara started working on a quilt that was a map of how to escape the plantation from stories people told her. When she decided to escape and go find her mother she left the quilt behind for her Aunt. Clara did end up escaping to freedom, and the quilt was left for others who needed to find their way as well. I liked the background of the story because it made it seem very realistic. The illustrations were done in acrylic paint and you could see the brush strokes on each page which I really liked. The plot was organized and when I was reading the story it made it seem more real because the narration was spoken in slang- just how the characters on the plantation would have said it. It's a good multicultural and historical book. I would recommend it because it's not too heavy of information about the slaves, but it tells the true story of how it was for them. ( )
  lgrube4 | Nov 24, 2014 |
A young girl named Clara is separated from her mother for 11 years because they both work on different plantations. One day, Clara overhears two other slaves talking about the Underground Railroad in the house where she is a seamstress. She then comes up with a secret map that is very hard and near impossible for her slave owners to detect; a map made on a quilt. I really liked how this book was written in conversational dialect. I loved Clara’s courage and I think is a great piece to go along with any lesson about African-American history and the Underground Railroad. This story was extremely powerful especially because I learned that slaves actually did create quilts to pass secrets along to their families, friends, etc. The illustrations were also beautifully done. The main message in this story is to never stop until you reach where you want to be. ( )
  jjones58 | Apr 24, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 37 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (1 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Deborah Hopkinsonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ransome, JamesIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
For my father and in memory of my mother
For Emma Ransom, the first slave of Pattie and General Matt W. Ransom, and all the other Ransom slaves on Verona Plantation
First words
Before I was even twelve years old, I got sent from North Farm to Home Plantation 'cause they needed another field hand.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679874720, Paperback)

Illus. in full color. As a seamstress in the Big House, Clara dreams of a reunion with her Momma, who lives on another plantation--and even of running away to freedom. Then she overhears two slaves talking about the Underground Railroad. In a flash of inspiration, Clara sees how she can use the cloth in her scrap bag to make a map of the land--a freedom quilt--that no master will ever suspect.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:28:54 -0400)

(see all 4 descriptions)

A young slave stitches a quilt with a map pattern which guides her to freedom in the North.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 2 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
5 avail.
15 wanted
1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (4.44)
2 1
3 5
3.5 1
4 15
4.5 2
5 30

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 96,153,532 books! | Top bar: Always visible