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Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Reading Rainbow Books) (original 1993; edition 1995)

by Deborah Hopkinson

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Title:Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Reading Rainbow Books)
Authors:Deborah Hopkinson
Info:Dragonfly Books (1995), Edition: 1, Paperback, 40 pages
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Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson (1993)



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Clara is in Slavery and learns to sew so she won't have to work in the fields anymore. She sews a quilt that has a map to help her escape to freedom. Through this quilt many slaves have escaped to freedom.

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I loved this book. I thought it showed that you can overcome anything. It is also a great book to help kids understand slavery.

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I would have the kids make one big quilt in the classroom out of maps that they make.
  billiemarie77 | Oct 26, 2016 |
With colorful illustrations and simple prose, this book tells the story of a young girl who dreams of freedom. But no slave leaves because they don't know the way - until Clara figures out a way to make a map. She salvages scraps from sewing, and slowly builds a map from the fabric. Other slaves gather information about the land between them and the Ohio river - the place where the Underground Railway begins. Full of courage and imagination, Clara opens the way to freedom, for herself and others. Worth reading, and excellent for children. ( )
  empress8411 | Sep 14, 2016 |
This book is about an African slave in America before the end of slavery. Her name is Clara, and she has a talent for quilting. Using the knowledge of an attempted run-away, Young Jack, she makes a quilt that makes that path north to freedom. She memorizes the quilt and escapes with young Jack from the plantation. This book has some dense language and is written at a higher level than I would have initially expected. It tells valuable lessons about what it was like to be a slave in America, and the ingenuity and bravery it took to escape. I think that, although it is a picture book, it would be best used in fifth or sixth grade.
  jstrecker | Jul 13, 2016 |
This book is a little long but is really good for teaching about slavery. You can use this book with as young as 3rd grade but I would use it as a read aloud in that grade. With a 5th grade class, they should be able to read it on their own. There is a lot of text on each page and it is written with a southern dialect and not proper grammar. This could make it challenging to read for a 3rd grade class if they are not familiar with this. Since this book talks about making quilts, you can have each of your students make their own quilt piece that represents their freedom and their history and then put them all together to create a class quilt. You can also talk to your class about slavery and the underground railroad and explain to them what it is. You can also discuss the dreams taht people create for themselves such as how Clara wanted to make it back to her mom and be free. You can also talk about the illustrations in the book and how they enhance the story. The illustrator includes an image of the quilt at the front and back so your students can look at it. You can have your students think of a theme of the book as you read and have them pay attention to how it develops as the book continues. 3rd grade standards: 1, 7 4th grade standards: 2, 4
  SarahSchuster | Apr 18, 2016 |
Clara is a field hand who is sold away from her family. Her "aunt" teaches her to sew so she won't have to work in the fields any longer. While sewing she begins to create her own quilt that represents the land around her plantation so that she can runaway to freedom.

A strong book to read with grades 3-5 in a slavery/social students unit. Many great text features to be able to add to a mini lesson. ( )
  missbrandysue | Nov 25, 2015 |
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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
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Before I was even twelve years old, I got sent from North Farm to Home Plantation 'cause they needed another field hand.
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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.

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

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