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Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

Show Way (edition 2005)

by Jacqueline Woodson, Hudson Talbott (Illustrator)

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Title:Show Way
Authors:Jacqueline Woodson
Other authors:Hudson Talbott (Illustrator)
Info:Putnam Juvenile (2005), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 48 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:African American History

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Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson



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This book, which is based on the author's family history, is about the significance of quilt making in the family and the African Americans' fight for freedom. The story shows how over time, the generations have changed. The previous generations in the book used quilts to pass messages, while the newer generations are born free. This book would be great to share with students in a social studies unit when discussing slavery, African american history, and even just family history. ( )
  Eayyad | May 3, 2017 |
Summary: This book is about Soonie's family makes Show Ways that quilts with secret meanings that are maps to freedom. Sonnie’s great grandmother was only seven, she was sold to a plantation. All she had with her were two needles, muslin, and thread. Sonnie’s great grandmother started the family tradition for the girls of the family to make show ways. Each generation passes down their story and quilts that show that there is a road to a better place and they should never gave up on hope.
Genre: Historical fiction
Age app: Primary, middle school
Media: watercolor, chalk, muslin workshirts and bermuda shorts on Arhes cold-press watercolor paper. ( )
  carolinechen0608 | Apr 10, 2017 |
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson was about the history of a young girl, Soonie, and her impact of her family lineage by her ability to make quilts that held secret clues about a path slaves could take to escape the plantation. It is a historical fiction that follows the all women born into Soonie’s family tree and their own special skills or contributions to the expedition to help slaves find their way to freedom and happiness. At the end of the story were we finally meet the speaker of the story, Soonie’s Great Great Grandchild, she tells us of us her family lineage and what they were able to accomplish through their special and sacred quilt making ability. Hereby reinforcing the central message of this story; which is to honor and take pride in your family tradition(s), and see the value in what their history has to offer our future even to this day. ( )
  JadaHalsey | Mar 8, 2017 |
I could use this book for as an interactive read aloud for grades 4th through 5th when teaching students about the theme of slavery and civil rights. I chose these grades because this is the game group that you will read historical fiction to, this a great book to teach students about slavery and civil rights and to make connections in a interesting way with great illustrations to teach description of illustrations in a story and students can compare and contrast the different stories told in the book.
  mmccrady01 | Mar 1, 2017 |
This book could be used in grades 3rd and 4th because the children would understand that the events in the book did happen but the characters in the book are not real. The book can be used as a read aloud to teach making connections from the book to what was being taught in social studies and could be used to teach compare and contrast by comparing and contrasting the different stories through out the book.
  mwilcox02 | Feb 28, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jacqueline Woodsonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hudson TalbottIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Diahann CarrollNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Soonie's great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, and with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She pieced together bright patches with names like North Star and Crossroads, patches with secret meanings made into quilts called Show Ways -- maps for slaves to follow to freedom. When she grew up and had a little girl, she passed on this knowledge. And generations later, Soonie -- who was born free -- taught her own daughter how to sew beautiful quilts to be sold at market and how to read.

From slavery to freedom, through segregation, freedom marches and the fight for literacy, the tradition they called Show Way has been passed down by the women in Jacqueline Woodson's family as a way to remember the past and celebrate the possibilities of the future. Beautifully rendered in Hudson Talbott's luminous art, this moving, lyrical account pays tribute to women whose strength and knowledge illuminate their daughters' lives.

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The making of "Show ways," or quilts which once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves, is a tradition passed from mother to daughter in the author's family.

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