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Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
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Sep 28, 11

bookshelves: childrens, genre, historic-fiction, library_lessons, quilting_weaving
Read in September, 2011

This absolutely beautiful book, written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by James Ransome, is just what I needed to share with my 5th graders to complement their unit on the Civil War. It also gave me a chance to discuss historical fiction, the use of dialect, and descriptive language. The story led to some great discussion about slavery and plantation hierarchy as 12-year-old Clara's story brings history to life. I plan to follow this one up with the shorter story, Under the Quilt of Night, which includes a great author's note about Hopkinson's research into the history and folklore of the Underground Railroad.
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