Show Way

Show Way

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2005
ISBN: 9780399237492
Branch Call Number: Ju E Woo
Additional Contributors: Talbott, Hudson - Illustrator


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DPLjosie Aug 30, 2018

Beautiful, layered story. There is so much to unpack and gain from reading this piece: slavery, oppression, yes, but also art, and joy and the beauty and storytelling that can be a part of quilting.

Jul 12, 2018

I love this book on multiple levels: as a (amateur) historian, a crafter who works with textiles, and as a parent. I read it to my five year old and he definitely got into it; the personalization of history and the images of mothers with children complement the historical events and intense themes in a way that kept him engaged without being overwhelming. Plus he loved the idea of secret maps and codes. SHOW WAY pairs well with books on Harriet Tubman and the civil rights movement.

LMcShaneCLE Feb 21, 2013

Using this book for a program on quilts and the tradition in African-American families:

Feb 03, 2013

This book is a good book to read for those learning about traditions being passed down. When explaining traditions to your child or students, this is a good example to use in order for them to fully understand. The book is clear and easy to understand which will not confuse children of age. This book also explains how the particular tradition was created and passed down from generation to generation. This is a very good read for students who are learning about slavery and ways in which slaves knew how which direction to go when they were attempting to head North.


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Feb 12, 2018

gjrainey thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 10

Feb 03, 2013

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Feb 03, 2013

There were traditions of stitching patterns in quilts that were started during slavery in order to help other slaves escape to the North. The traditions were passed down through the author's family and were eventually used for different purposes.


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Feb 03, 2013

"...she was sold from the Virginia land to a plantation in South Carolina without her ma or pa but with some muslin her ma had given her."


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