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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
Rating:*****
Tags:African American History

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Show Way is a beautiful story of how one African American family passed along their families struggles from slavery to freedom using quilt pieces and needles and thread as roadmaps to freedom. The text is alive with the reoccurring theme of seven year old girls being sold into slavery then moved far away from their families to be raised by a grandmother to all of the children on the plantation. The story moves forward in time through segregation and freedom marches. The artwork of Hudson Talbott begs for discussions on the prominent people of the times from Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Park to Harriott Tubman.
  gregorysmith | Jul 31, 2016 |
Show Way is a powerful and vivid story of the many generations of females that came through slavery, the Civil War, Jim Crow laws, and freedom marches to arrive in present day United States. Each matriarch in the family played an instrumental role in sharing her own history and writing a new future. Through storytelling and quilting, these women kept hope for a better life alive and helped others to do the same. A beautiful quilt runs throughout the book with each woman adding her story to it. These quilts literally led the way to freedom with symbols, colors, and imagery that could not be spoken or written. This is a wonderful book that can be read in a classroom to show the resilience, strength and creativity of African Americans now and throughout history. If you are looking for a multi-cultural read, this is it. ( )
  ChelseaFinnerty | Jul 21, 2016 |
This piece of historical fiction is based on the lineage of women in the author's family. Woodson tells the story of women in slavery to present day who passed on paths to freedom detailed in the quilts, as well as a history of where the family had come from. Hope for a brighter future for each generation is communicated through her eloquent words and Hudson Talbott's interesting and detailed illustrations. ( )
  RebeccaRyan | Jul 16, 2016 |
It took me two reads to be able to keep up with the characters. There is a timeline of the characters in the back that may have been useful in the front. The way it was written was not proper, but it did suit the dialect being used without taking it too far. The writing was not 5 star quality, because I had to read it two times to comprehend it all. The illustrations were captivating and I thoroughly enjoyed them.

This is the first children's book that made be really teary-eyed.

So, this book was about slavery and covered several generations. I never knew about the show way. I found this book intriguing. I connected with the character that stayed behind to help new slaves escape. There were actual people who sacrificed that way. It must have taken a lot of courage. I imagine they were killed if they were discovered. Many slaves were killed as they tried to get north, and this book did not ignore that.

Though the writing was not as clear as I would have liked it to be, I loved this story and feel I have a better understanding of some of the things that took place when slavery was present in the United States.
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  ZetherBooks | Jun 15, 2016 |
I think this book was a great way to walk through the history of slavery and African American rights in a format that children will understand and enjoy. I could see this book being used in first, second, or third grade to discuss slave trade and how African Americans gained freedom and beyond that basic human rights and equality. You could also use it in a lesson on how generations within families work (great grandma, grandma, etc.) ( )
  ddeely | Apr 5, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jacqueline Woodsonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:38 -0400)

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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