Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey From Slave To Artist by Barbara HerkertSewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey From Slave To Artist by Barbara Herkert

Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey From Slave To Artist

byBarbara HerkertIllustratorVanessa Brantley-newton

Picture Books | October 13, 2015

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An illuminating picture book biography of an artist and former slave whose patchwork quilts bring the stories of her family to life.

Harriet Powers learned to sew and quilt as a young slave girl on a Georgia plantation. She lived through the Civil War and Reconstruction, and eventually owned a cotton farm with her family, all the while relying on her skills with the needle to clothe and feed her children.
 
Later she began making pictorial quilts, using each square to illustrate Bible stories and local legends. She exhibited her quilts at local cotton fairs, and though she never traveled outside of Georgia, her quilts are now priceless examples of African American folk art.
 
Barbara Herkert’s lyrical narrative and Vanessa Newton’s patchwork illustrations bring this important artist to life in a moving picture-book biography.
Barbara Herkert has been creating stories since the first grade and is also the author of Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter. She received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University and studied art and art history at Oregon State University. She now lives on the Oregon coast with her family a...
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Title:Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey From Slave To ArtistFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 11.25 × 8.88 × 0.38 inPublished:October 13, 2015Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385754620

ISBN - 13:9780385754620

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"A much-needed introduction to the life of a little known African American artist, with many possible curriculum connections: artists, quilters, women’s history, and the Civil War."--School Library Journal

"As a picture-book introduction to an unsung artist, it inspires. Harriet Powers: an artist worth knowing."--Kirkus Reviews