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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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35 months - I glanced through this book and thought maybe we'd wait until O was older but she saw the quilts and really wanted to read it. As we read we focused on the quilts and how symbols in fabric could be used to tell stories or represent a map that people could follow. She was fascinated. We will come back another time and read this story again when she is older and can understand the historical significance. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
In this masterfully told story, the reader is brought along on a journey through history by way a family tree beginning with a many times great-grandmother. Quilting is not a hobby in this book, it's a means of knowing one's history as well as comfort on the path that lies ahead. ( )
  cabaty | Oct 7, 2015 |
Great story by Jacqueline Woodson. Everything she writes is great! This book would of great use in a social studies or history class to introduce the Civil War.
  LBraaten | Jun 7, 2015 |
Awards: John Newbery Award
Age Group: 5-10
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  a.coote | Jun 5, 2015 |
A heart warming book about generations of slaves, brought together by quilting. The quilt that was passed down showed the way to freedom using the moon, the stars, and the road. Finally the slaves are freed and we meet the narrator that is a descendant of the slaves before her time. The narrator still sewed stars, moons, and roads in a quilt, keeping the tradition alive and also wrote down the stories of her elders to tell to her daughter one day. ( )
  sottallah | Apr 19, 2015 |
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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.

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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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